- Created: March 03 2019 March 03 2019
As faithful as Moses was—“there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face”—who led God’s people out of Egypt and across the desert, it was not he, the lawgiver, but his successor, Joshua, who led the people into the promised land. Interestingly—prophetically—Joshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus. Christ Jesus “has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses.” A beloved and well-pleasing Son, faithful even to the point of death, Jesus was raised up on the third day, and He has brought us into the promise of eternal life through the waters of Holy Baptism.
On the Mount of Transfiguration, the New Testament Joshua appears in the glory that He is about to manifest by Hisown "exodus" in Jerusalem. He entered the waters of the Jordan in His Baptism, then passed through those waters and entered into glory by His Cross and Passion. What He accomplished in His own flesh and blood, crucified and risen, He reveals and gives to His Body, the Church. Therefore, the Father declares from heaven, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to Him.”
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