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Jesus in Joshua

Jesus in Joshua

 

“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, ‘Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’’”                        

Joshua 1:10, 11 NKJV

 

                Connecting Joshua with Jesus is probably the easiest of all the Old Testament books because of Joshua himself. You may be more familiar with Joshua’s name in the Greek language, which is Jesus. Jesus is a transliteration (changing from one language to another, not to be confused with translation) of the Hebrew name of Yeshua or Jehoshua. We simply say Joshua for the Hebrew and Jesus for the Greek, but they are in fact the same name.

                What is also remarkable about the connection between Jesus and Joshua is their mission. Both men deliver God’s people to the Promised Land. Joshua delivers the Israelites from their pilgrimage to find their promised home in Canaan. Jesus will deliver us from our pilgrimage here on earth to our promised home in Heaven.

                Though Joshua’s deliverance was temporary and dependent on Israel’s faithfulness, Jesus offers us an eternal home and the final victory over the death that sin demands. However, to be a part of that victory one must surrender his life to Christ, being faithful during this pilgrimage until the end. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).