When we were first introduced to Joseph in Genesis 37, he wore a robe of many colors. But that robe was stripped off of him (37:23). After more than a decade of adversity, with many days seeming more bitter than the ones before, Joseph was clothed once more in fine linen garments (41:42). His story was coming full circle. God’s providence was coming into focus. Joseph’s garment marking royalty within a family had given way to a garment marking royalty in one of the world’s most powerful nations of his day. God was restoring Joseph, not just to a context as good as before but even better.
This is the heartbeat of God. We see it here with Joseph. We saw it with Job. Most notably, we will see it again when Christ returns and makes all things new. Christ’s work of reconciliation will not only purge every last semblance of the fall, He will not only return creation to its condition before the fall, He will usher in His kingdom where everything is even better than before. This is our hope—a hope greater than Joseph ever dared dream—our hope in Christ.
When you think of the new heavens and new earth, what excites you the most? Why?