He said He came to call sinners (Matthew 9:13). But who were they? Wait…how can we know that unless we know what sin is?
He also said He was about to lay down His life for the sheep (John 10:11). But who are the sheep? Are they the same as the sinners He said He came to call? If so, does the word sheep say something about the nature of sin? Is He saying that sin is straying, like wayward sheep, from God’s way…and turning aside to our own? Are those the kind of people He came to call, to lay down His life for?
If so, are you a wayward sheep? Are you one of those He came to call? Are you one of those for whom He laid down His life?
If so, why did He have to lay down His life for you? Was it because God, from whose way you have strayed, charged against you the death penalty for such straying? If so, does that mean that Joshua gave up His own life to pay that death penalty, as a substitute for you, the wayward sheep?
Would He do that willingly? If He did, how could you or any other wayward sheep, take advantage of that substitution? Would you be willing to turn back, away from your own way and toward God’s way, if He asked it? Would you be willing to trust His substitution as the only thing that could make you right with God, if that trust is what He required? If you did turn back and trust, what would your new position be?
If you stood, in that new position, in the courtroom of God before the Great Judge of All, would you be acquitted, cleared, and declared innocent of all charges? Would you be released from the enormous debt you had amassed? Would you be legally adopted as God’s child, the heir of all His wealth? Would the enmity between you and your accuser be settled, so that you and He could be reconciled as friends? Would you be bought out of the slave market of sin, released to live free to the end of your days?
Would you be promised a place as ruler over the new kingdom He has promised to establish, an eternal kingdom that has no end?
If so, are you interested?
Or do you still want to be the king of your own life? If so, consider Joshua’s words:
“What king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.”
Joshua’s Father said,
“Should someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, then I would step on them, I would burn them completely. Or let him rely on My protection, let him make peace with me, let him make peace with me.”
And Joshua Himself said,
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
He’s offering peace to you right now, as you read this. Will you lay down your arms and relent? Will you stop kicking against His leading?
If not, if your pride won’t allow it, do as you please…but remember this, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God,” (Hebrews 10:31).
Please listen and consider your options carefully.
Know that you are loved greatly by King Joshua, and by us. And know also that you can always contact us with any questions.