Our Greater “Joshua” …
Just like Joshua, son of Nun, who was Moses’ assistant, who then became the leader of the nation of Israel to lead them into the conquering of the land of Canaan … so it is with our Greater “Joshua” –> Yeshua or Yahshua (Jesus Christ), the Messiah of Israel, our LORD and Savior – we must allow Him to CONQUER our land, our LIVES … He Must Become our King, our God, our Master, our LORD, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Satisfaction, our LIFE. Is He the Reason for you LIFE, the very REASON you LIVE. Is JESUS your LIFE?
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, WHO IS OUR LIFE, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
There are amazing parallels between the nation of Israel, Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior, and the Church, the Body of Christ. When Joshua conquered the land, of course as just a human, he was a leader of a team of tribes and each tribe was to conquer various areas of the land. In our case, being in Christ as Born Again disciples of Jesus Christ, we are not conquering our “land”, but we are “allowing” Christ to do this SANCTIFICATION OPERATION. It is cooperative, in the sense, the we must Submit and Surrender and Desire Christ to make us like Himself (that is goal – see Romans 8:29-30). Thus, the parallel of Joshua and the nation of Israel, with their various tribes, conquering the land of Canaan so that it would become their OWN LAND … that process is a PARALLEL, symbolically, of what CHRIST is AIMING at for our lives: so that we would be COMPLETELY OWNED BY HIM in every way in every area of our lives. AND … that HE, JESUS CHRIST, would become OUR LIFE, in every way and in every area of our lives.
Yes, this is a Burden of Love on the Part of our Savior. He went to the Cross to Secure this in our Lives. So, we echo that promise that the apostle Paul said to a very faithful, “on-fire for Jesus” local church family in Philippi —
Philippians 1:6 –
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
(also see 1 Corinthians 10:1-22)
Until Christ returns… keep the faith (Jude 1:3) …
In Christ’s Love and Truth,
Pastor Andy Thomas