To an English-speaker’s mind, the names Joshua and Jesus are different. However, in reality the names are identical. How so? “Joshua” is the English translation of the Hebrew name, and “Jesus” is the Greek translation of the same Hebrew name, translated once again into English.
Therefore, you can think of Jesus as Joshua, or Joshua as Jesus. They’re interchangeable.
It is practically unheard of for English-speaking parents to name a child “Jesus.” However, the name Joshua was as common in 1st Century Palestine as it is in English today. Therefore, Jesus of Nazareth – that is, Joshua of Nazareth – would not have stood out for His name. It was His behavior that distinguished Him – and God’s behavior regarding Him, of course.
As Jesus talked about Moses during His earthly ministry and especially when Jesus was raised from the dead, the fact that His name was Joshua began to generate an interest all its own. This is because, of course, Joshua was the leader God raised up after Moses to take charge of the people of God.
The Joshua who followed Moses, therefore, was a type of the great Joshua who would one day arise.
The Old Testament Joshua led God’s people into the promised land of Canaan. The New Testament Joshua leads the people of God into the kingdom of God.
Jesus is our Joshua. Those names are really one name, and that name means that “the Lord saves.”
This Joshua will lead you today into the promised land of obedience to God and the blessings that flow like milk and honey from such obedience.
This Joshua is your Lord.
This Joshua is your leader. This Joshua is your commander. Follow Him wherever He leads. He knows where He is going.
Bible notes on this post.
See also the post Call on His Name.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.