How Rudolph and Joseph saved Christmas
by Robin Aylor
Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Then one night Joseph had a dream. He told his brothers how he had dreamed that he would one day reign over them. They hated him even more than before. Then he dreamed that his whole family would one day bow before him.
Verse 11 says: And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
At this time all his brothers included Simeon, Levi, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher and Naphtali, Reuben and Judah… This began as a sad, sad story. Some of Josephs resentful brothers threw him in an old water well and there was no way for him to get out on his own… he was cast into a deep pit and they intended to let him starve to death. But then when some slave traders passed by all the brothers agreed to sell him instead. The traders took him to Egypt and he was sold as a servant. His brothers took his special coat and smeared animal blood on it and carried it home to their father and told him Joseph had died.
Have you ever heard the story about Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. Maybe you’ve heard the song and how all the other reindeers made fun of him because of his red nose. They mocked him and called him names. And since it lit up like a glowing headlight, Rudolph became the head reindeer. He led Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve as they delivered wonderful presents all around the world. Now the other reindeers were very jealous of Rudolph. There was Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. They mocked him, called him names and made fun of his red nose.
Rudolph guided the sleigh full of gifts on the dark cold foggy Christmas Eve and the blizzardy Christmas Morning. In this way he kept all the reindeers safe and sound, free from telephone poles and wind farms. This also protected the gifts so all the children would have presents to open Christmas morning. In this great story you might say Rudolph helped save Christmas and the other reindeer admitted they were wrong about Rudolph. And the song says: “Then how the reindeer loved him, As they shouted out with glee, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, You’ll go down in history."
The Bible story is similar except it is a true story. Instead of being made fun of for having a bright red nose, it was because of the special gift from his father, the brightly colored coat that led his brothers to make fun of him. And it was his dreams of how he would one day lead and rule over them that stirred up jealousy and hate in their hearts.
The end of this story is great! God used Joseph to save his own people, Israel, from starvation and death. After a very bad drought covered the land and people were hungry, Joseph invited them all to Egypt where God had put him in charge, second only to the King. Joseph made a home for his father and brothers and did not hold any grudges to them for all the evil they did to him. They also were sorry for what they had done. God used Joseph to provide for all his brothers and their families. The descendants of Israel lived in Egypt for around 430 years.
Did you know that in doing all this Joseph truly helped save Christmas for the world?
If Josephs brothers had died of starvation, Jesus would not have been born in a manger in Bethlehem… The Son of God… This one who we celebrate at Christmas for coming to earth and the one we celebrate at Easter would have never went to the Cross to pay the wages of our sins and would have never risen from the Grave… As Joseph protected all his brothers who had wronged him and took care of all their families he also was safeguarding their descendants and the ancestors of Jesus who was born in the lineage of Josephs brother Judah.
As Rudolph led the sleigh, looked out for the reindeer and protected the gifts to be delivered on Christmas, God used Joseph to look out for his brothers so that on Christmas day, in the City of David, the town of Bethlehem the greatest gift of all would arrive for you and me: Jesus Christ the Lord.