When we think about amazing grace, it’s because we have an amazing Savior! Our sin is as big as the ocean before we come to Christ. We are in that ocean drowing and Jesus saves us. He takes us and places us safely on the shore and tells us, “You don’t have to worry about ever drowning again because I will never leave you and will always be with you from now until forever.”
But some think, “Oh, I’ve learned to swim now so do I really still need a Savior?” Yes, we do!
Luke 2:11 – “For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Matthew 1:21 – “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
“Jesus” is a Greek transliteration for the Hebrew name Joshua. Jesus was never called “Jesus” while He was on this earth. He wasn’t called Jesus until about the 17th century. It’s a Greek name. He was called “Yeshua,” meaning “to rescue” or “to deliver.” In Hebrew “Yeshua” means “God is salvation.”
There are two promanate people named Joshua in the Old Testament. One leads God’s people into the Promise land and the other leads the people back into the Promise land after they were in captivity. By looking at the Old Testament Joshua’s, we can see what the New Testament “Yeshua,” “Joshua,” does.
He Saves Us From the Dominion of Sin
Jesus saves us from the power, the authority, the rulership of sin. When we think of Joshua, most think of Mosses’ successor. But did you know that Joshua’s mother did not name him “Joshua?” Look:
Numbers 13:16 – These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua. However, in the Old King James version, it says, “And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua.” Hoshea, which means salvation. Moses adds the Je to it which is short for “Jahova,” which means “God is salvation.” So Moses called him “Je-hoshua.
John 1:17 – For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. The word “but” is not in the original translation. It was two statements. The law leads us to salvation, so the law was not bad.
Isaiah 43:11 – “I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me, there is no savior.”
Salvation doesn’t come from being perfect. It comes from believing in the perfect One. Romans 6:14 – For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. We are not under Moses but under Yeshua.
Look where the earthly Joshua met the heavenly Joshua, Yeshua: Joshua 5:13 – And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” (Verse 14) So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to HIm, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” (Verse15) Then the Commander of the LORD’S army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. What made it holy was that God was there.
Did you catch how the Lord answered Joshua when he asked if He was for us or them? Jesus said “No.” He didn’t come to take sides, He came to take charge! He was there to get Joshua on the winning side, the Lord’s side.
In Jewish culture, whe a man took his shoes off, they gave their rights up. The way sin does not have “dominion” over us, is we take our shoes off to the Commander of the Lord’s army and give our rights up. We submit to Him as the King of our lives. And don’t put your shoes back on and start believing you can do it on your own.
Jesus also saves us from the Guilt of sin.
Zechariah 3:1 – Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. (Any time we see in the Old Testament, “The Angel of the LORD,” it is referring to Jesus.) (Verse 2) And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” (Verse 3) Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the Angel. (Verse 4) Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him, He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And Isaiah 10, tells us those robes are robes of righteousness.
Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
This is grace! This is what our High Priest does for us! He removes our filthy garments as far as the east is from the west and clothes us with His righteousness. This is what happens at salvation!
If we still walk around feeling guilty and condemned over our past after we have been saved, then we are insulting the Lord. He has declared us “Not guilty!” God is just and He is not a liar! He declared us not guilty so we are not guilty.
Please understand: God removed our sin, iniquities, and transgressions and declared us not guilty because He chooses to. So when God looks at the saved, He sees no sin and can legally declare us not guilty. Our amazing Savior took our place!
Hebrews 7:25 – Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Uttermost in the Greek: unlimited duration of time, forever and always. He saves completely.
Our Savior is able to lead us back to Him even after we mess up! It doesn’t matter how long a person stays, there’s a Savior waiting with open arms ready to lead them back. The same Yeshua that saves us is the same Yeshua that can bring us back when we fall.