Here are some things about Jesus that I see and hear in this story of Joseph, the Cupbearer, and the Baker in Genesis 40.
First, Jesus is the true and better Joseph who emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, and being found in servant form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient. (Phil 2:7-8) As Joseph served the cupbearer and baker who sinned against their lord, so Jesus serves people who sinned against the Lord according to his Father’s command.
Second, Jesus is the true and better Joseph who was concerned about the downcast men on his right and left. They were accused of crimes (just as he was), yet he cared for them and counseled them. He spoke God’s truth to them — one was saved by mercy, the other was condemned by justice; one was lifted up to Paradise, one was not.
Third, Jesus is the true and better Joseph who marked the third day as the day of reckoning and rising up: “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the religious leaders, and be killed, and on the third day be raised up.” (Luke 9:22)
Fourth, Jesus is the true and better cup-bearer who was lifted up, and lifted the cup of salvation (Psa 116:13), and gave thanks, and gave it to us, saying “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. Do this in remembrance of me. This cup poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” (Luke 22:17-20)
Fifth, Jesus is the true and better baker who was lifted up, and took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it and gave it to us, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:17-20) As the baker’s body was broken to feed the birds of the air, so Jesus’ body was broken to feed the nations of the world. His blood is real drink and his flesh is real food, and he gave them for the life of the world (John 6:53ff).
Sixth, Jesus is the true and better prisoner who was lifted up and took the cup of God’s wrath and drank it down to the dregs (Isa 51:22); who was lifted up and hanged on a tree until death and cursed for us (Gal 3:13), who was lifted up between heaven and earth on the cross, laid low in the tomb, and lifted up from the pit on the third day. And when he was lifted up from the earth, he drew all kinds of men to himself — Egyptians and Hebrews, Jews and Gentiles. (John 3:14-15; 12:32)
Seventh, Jesus is the true and better Joseph who asked to be remembered, yet is often forgotten; and when he was asked to remember, he never forgot (Luke 23:42-43). When you come to the Lord’s table today, remember Jesus; remember that suffered to serve you, and he sacrificed to save you; and remember that he never will forget you or forsake you.
Finally, Jesus is the true and better king who conquered death and celebrated his new birth from death to life on the third day; he is the true God on earth, God-in-flesh, Lord of heaven and earth.
Do you see what I see?