The third result of Bethel is the Savior. This is my favorite part. “So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)” (Gen. 35:19). Rachel was buried at the edge of Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. That was a place of sorrow for Jacob.
But hundreds of years later, in the little town of Bethlehem, a little baby was born. The angel said, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:11, ESV). “You shall call His name, Jesus, for he will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21, ESV). Thus, the place of sorrow for Jacob is now the place of joy for all of us.
Oh, what wonderful news! The place where Rachel was buried, the place of Jacob’s sorrow, is now the place of our Savior! I believe that the names, “Ben-Oni,” and “Benjamin,” are prophetic. Jacob never foresaw the significance of that name to the coming Messiah. But to us who know the New Testament, who look back to the birth of our Savior at Bethlehem, it is very significant. To Jacob, that day was a day of sorrow. But to us who know the birth of our Savior, that day of sorrow pointed to the day of our Savior.
It also describes the messianic role of Jesus. Jesus is our Ben-Oni—the son of sorrow, for He died on the cross for our sins. Jesus is also our Benjamin—the Son of God who now sits at the right hand of God.