8. Joshua: Coming to Conquer

Joshua 1.1-11; Ephesians 1.15-22; Hebrews 2.5-9

Moses’ sandals were hard ones to fill. Then again, the reason the Joshua was filling then and leading Israel into the Promised Land was that he had been faithful and Moses had been disobedient.

Even the great ones aren’t perfect. As my esteemed history professor once noted, all men have feet of clay.

From what we heard back when Joshua and the others went to spy out the land, it must have been a daunting task taking the country especially since this generation was about as obedient as the last.

In the first chapter of Joshua, the very beginning of the conquest, God speaks, laying any fears to rest.

What does he say about land?

I’m giving it to you. Everywhere you walk will be yours just like I promised Moses.

And what does he say about the terrifying people currently inhabiting the place?

No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.

Joshua’s faith is really rather underappreciated. He took God at his word despite seeing the seemingly insurmountable challenges of taking the Promised Land. He took God at his word for forty years as he wandered in the desert waiting for everyone else to die. He continued to take God at his word as he fought battle after ferocious battle.

Anyway, what has this got to do with why Jesus came?

Well, little church, are you weary and worn and sad? Does it feel like your failures outnumber your victories? Are you battle weary? Are the giants of culture, media, and materialism making you feel weak and insignificant?

Come with me to Hebrews (again) 2.5-9.

Everything has been subjected under Christ.

Come with me to Ephesians 1.15-22 and may your eyes be enlightened to see all things put under his feet.

Come with me to Matthew 16.18 and see the gates of Hades fall before him.

Little Christian, weak and weary, the end is already written so Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

No matter what it looks like now, it is sin and death and hell that have lost.

So why is Jesus coming? Because he is the conqueror and he has already won.

Today’s song: Baby Boy – For King and Country

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