Crossing Over to the Promise into 2018

Joshua 3:16

“…that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.” NKJV

 

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” NKJV

 

Joshua means Jehovah saves: from the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu’a) meaning “YAHWEH is salvation.”

 

Jesus means Jehovah saves: this is an English name which originates from the Latin form of the Greek name Ιησους (Iesous); and this from the Aramaic יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu’a). Yeshu’a is in fact a Hebrew name and is a contracted form of Yehoshu’a.

 

Adam = mankind

Zaretan = tribulation/perplexity/distress

Jordan = descend/flow down

Salt Sea = Dead Sea or Sea of the Arabah meaning dry, infertile area

Canaan was the destination God promised the Israelites in the Book of Exodus when they were leaving their Egyptian slavery to a, “land flowing with milk and honey.”

Ark of the Covenant represented God’s Presence. It should be noted that within the Ark of the Covenant was three very important items:

1) the clay tablets upon which was written the “Ten Commandments” or “Law of Moses” which represented God’s command of how to live as His chosen people

2) the almond branch or “Aaron’s rod that budded” that represented God’s appointed authority among His people

3) the jar containing manna which represented God’s provision to His people

When we draw a depiction of what transpired on the miraculous day when Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan we clearly see a foreshadowing of what Jesus has done for all mankind. The crossing over from the wandering in the desert to the “promised land” is like the cross upon which our Savior Jesus Christ died.  As the sacrificial lamb, He died in preparation for the Sabbath of Passover, which began shortly after. His death cut off the descent of Adam with its curse of suffering and which ended in death.

 

Romans 5 – Death in Adam and Life in Christ

“12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” NKJV

 

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

“45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” NKJV

 

As we cross over into 2018 we must by faith leave the wandering in the desert of disobedience. We must make a conscious decision to choose life and not death by entering into all the Christ Jesus has provided for us.  Yes, we must be born again but we also need to allow the sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit to convert our souls (mind – what I think, will – what I want, and emotions – what I feel). Let us be renewed (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10; Titus 3:5). Let us have the same mind as Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). Let us no longer just live for ourselves but for the will of God (2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Peter 4:2). We were not saved just so we can go to Heaven. We are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18) and must allow God to bring Heaven through us to the Earth.  Romans 8:18-22 declares, “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” NKJV

 

It is time to pick up our crosses and follow after Christ (Luke 9:23).  It is time to do as the Apostle Paul, “20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) NKJV

 

2017 is coming to a close and 2018 is soon to begin.  Are you ready to cross over?

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