“for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over.” Joshua 4:23
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that everyone has a Jordan to cross. It is something that stands between us and the inheritance of salvation that God has promised.
Jordan crossing is a critical point where we either breakdown or breakthrough. It is one thing to know about salvation but it is another thing to inherit that salvation. Jordan is a place that God had ordained and it acts as a dividing line. It is a place where we need to decide whether to sow faith in the Word or in the flesh to attain salvation. Joshua 3:1-17 teaches us on what it takes to get across Jordan.
- Sowing Into God’s Promise
God promised to send His Son into the world to save man from their eternal destruction. Likewise, God promised Abraham that He will give the land of Canaan to His descendants. In this passage, God does wonders among those who are willing to sow faith into the Word of promise. If there is anything that would keep us from crossing Jordan is unbelief and disobedience to the Word of promise. At the age of thirty, Jesus came to the same River Jordan as the Ark of the Covenant so that John the Baptist could pass all the sins of the world upon Him. None of us can cross Jordan on our own. One can only attain the true salvation of grace by sowing their faith in the Word of promise. Only those who are baptized into Jesus can be baptized by faith into His death in order to rise up again with Jesus to enter into the Kingdom of God (Canaan).
- Sowing Into God’s Righteousness
After the death of Moses, God appointed Joshua as the leader of Israel. Moses was the representative of the Law in the OT. If Moses had crossed the Jordan River with the people of Israel and arrived at Canaan, it would not have been necessary for Joshua to become the leader of the people. However, God made Moses reach the area just in front of the land of Canaan and prevented him from entering it. The reason why God gave man the Law (Moses) is to give one the knowledge of sin, to make the Law one’s tutor and lead him to Christ so that one could be justified by faith in the righteousness of God. Gal 3:24 After the death of Moses, God appointed Joshua, the leader of Israel and ordered him to enter the land of Canaan with the people of Israel. The name Joshua means ‘the Savior’ synonymous with ‘Jesus’. Joshua ordered the priest to bear the Ark of the Covenant and to cross the Jordan River while leading the people as God instructed. Through this incident, God teaches us that He had completely eliminated death caused by sin and subsequent judgment from mankind through the righteousness of God. This is reflected when Jesus insisted to be baptized by John the Baptist when He said, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Mt 3:15
- Sowing Into God’s Power
The Jordan River is the place where Jesus virtually became sin Who knew no sin so that in and through Him we can become sinless and righteous by God’s power. It is where the sins of the world were passed upon Jesus by John the Baptist who represented all man. The historical events surrounding the crossing of the Jordan River is recorded in the OT and NT. It is extremely an important act of faith to release God’s power for the deliverance from the curses and judgments arising from the sins of mankind. In this river, Jesus through His baptism received all the flow of sins that cannot be ceased by any human beings and later died on the cross by accepting judgment in our place for those sins. Throughout the history of humanity, all man were heading for destruction from their birth because of sin. Even though they try hard to control their sinful nature, they could not and that is why they were marching towards the river of judgment that leads to ultimate death. However, Jesus Who is the power of God, cut off the flow of sin and judgment. This story suggest that to be freed from sin, we must pay the wages of sins, which is death and that through Jesus’ baptism and death, we are purified from all our sins to enter Heaven.
It is recorded in the OT that when the priests dipped their feet into the River Jordan, the river turn into dry land. It is already miraculous enough that the water stopped but more than that it is incredible for the river turning into dry land.
This incident serve as a guarantee of God’s deliverance from sins through Jesus’ baptism and death.
The dry land represented the way that all the sins of the world would be forgiven in Christ. All sins went forth from Adam out to all mankind but the curse of judgment ended with Jesus’ baptism. Now all one needs to do to be forgiven of sins is simply to have faith in Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.