The name “Jesus” and the name “Joshua” are actually the same name in the original language. That original language is Hebrew, and the original name is “Yeshua.” The reason we have two versions of the name is that the Old Testament was translated into English directly from the Hebrew, which gives us “Joshua.” However, when the Old Testament was translated into Greek, it came out “Iesous.” Since the New Testament was originally written in Greek, the Greek word “Iesous” came to us in English as “Jesus.” Therefore, what shows up as “Joshua” in the Old Testament, shows up as “Jesus” in the New Testament.
There is no problem with any of this, and you should by no means worry about it. Whichever of these names you use to call on God, He will answer you. They mean the same thing. The only downside is that English readers – if they are unaware of all this – are deprived of some of the meaning of the name that would otherwise belong to them.
For example, knowing that “Jesus” and “Joshua” are actually the same name would allow you to see even more clearly that Joshua of the Old Testament was an outstanding type (shadow, foreshadowing, model – if you will) of the Messiah to come. (By the way, “Messiah” and “Christ” come from a single Hebrew word, “Mashiach,” and therefore have the same meaning, for the same reasons given above.)
In the Old Testament, Joshua was the one who followed Moses to become leader of Israel. Moses had prophesied that this new prophet would be raised up to speak on behalf of God (as Moses had) and lead the Israelites into the promised land of Canaan. In the New Testament, Jesus was the One who followed Moses to become Leader of the true people of God. Moses had prophesied that this new Prophet would be raised from the dead to speak on behalf of God (as Moses had) and lead the children of God into the promised land of fellowship with God as Father.
Because Jesus has already come the second time (Jesus Christ Has Already Come Again), we should not think that this entry into the promised land is for some future date. It is meant for now. For you. Follow Him into His promised land.
Because everyone is going to heaven (Everyone Is Going to Heaven), we shouldn’t think that this entry into the promised land is merely for after we die. It is meant for now. For you. Follow Him into His promised land.
The promised land for us is…here…and now. Indeed, Jesus (or Joshua, if you will) brings us a far greater salvation than did the Joshua of old. The land of Canaan was merely a type of the true land to come. This true land is not one of physical territory but rather of spiritual territory. And it covers not just the entire geographic earth but the entire universe as well. This promised land is the kingdom of God.
Only the King Himself is able to lead you into His kingdom. The good news is that He is more than willing to do so. Be subject today to Jesus…our Joshua. Obey His commands and honor His name. Fight His battles with His weapons and the promised land will be yours!