We can trust Jesus. He is called Captain in both the Old and New Testaments. Every title for Jesus is a reflection of who he is. In ancient history we read of the pre-incarnate Jesus on this earth. Joshua led Israel over Jordon and was near Jericho. The walls of the city were manned by the military and were very thick. The gates were shut. The city was a mountain fortress, one of the oldest in the world. The people knew how to fight. Having come off a long journey in the wilderness Israel had never faced an enemy like Jericho. Joshua was concerned. In our day we can’t help but be a little skittish in facing our own Jericho’s.
Joshua 5: 13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
You can feel the Spirit when you read this. What happened was incredible and amazing. This person identified himself as the captain of the host of the Lord. In the military there are many captains, but in God’s army there is only one and his name is Jesus Christ. Joshua met him about 2,000 years before he would come to earth. He appeared to Abraham in his day. One day Abraham looked out of his tent and saw three people coming; he perceived it was the Lord. They were on their way to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. As they walked together, the Lord sent the other two on ahead, and he stayed with Abraham. Here Joshua had a lot on his shoulders. He was in the field praying. It was up to him to lead the charge. He felt the responsibility weigh on him.
We are tasked with a responsibility too. Never have we faced such a time as now. Christianity is unwanted in the world. We can identify with Joshua. As he looked ahead he saw a soldier approaching. His sword was drawn. Joshua couldn’t make out who he was and asked the person “are you for us or against us?” The soldier spoke identifying himself as the captain of the Lord of hosts. What did Joshua do? He asked the captain for his orders. The first was to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.
The rank of captain is for a commanding official of a large company of officers. The captain was above the others and led the way. Regardless of what the media says, what society says, or any person or group of people, Jesus is alive and well. He is captain—commander of Christianity. It’s a military-type life we live because a war is going on. Satan, our arch enemy, is against us in all we do. As the glorious angel named Lucifer he was cast out of heaven with a third part of the angels. The captain of the Lord of hosts took care of him. He wages relentless war on the people of God. We are either on the Lord’s side or on Satan’s. It’s time to surrender to Jesus and let him be your captain. He will lead you to heaven.
The war will be over one day. Death is the last enemy and it will be destroyed. If your name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life you will join Satan in the lake of fire. There is a captain near you today. We don’t have to face the adversary alone. The captain is in the front between us and the enemy. Regardless of how people make Christianity seem like a floundering religion, it is not. Jesus is in charge! He is still leading the way. He only asks us to trust him and follow him to victory. He has never led us to defeat in any battle we have faced. If you found yourself in a losing position, it was not because of the captain. More than likely you got ahead of him. We need to remember our rank. We are not the captain. HE is!
We have been led from under the bondage of sin and the damnation of hell. It can be rough to get through this battlefield. The only one who can help is the captain. In the military you have to pass the test, hit the targets. In this spiritual war, the captain does the fighting for us. It doesn’t depend on how much of a sharp shooter we are. It’s all about him.
David was a little fellow, but he fought a tall giant. He had to face him or run. We have to face Satan too. As with David, it will not be our bullets but our captain that makes the difference. Goliath was insulted that such a little person came to fight him. He made fun of him, yet David kept coming with his stones and a sling. Goliath came with this weaponry, but David came in the name of the Lord of Hosts shouting the battle is the Lord’s. Joshua won the battle of Jericho by blowing trumpets. The captain had the sword, and he cut down the walls. The Lord took David’s stone and guided it between Goliath’s eyes and drove it into his skull. Goliath fell backwards, dead as a door nail. David ran and grabbed Goliath’s sword and cut off his head and held it up. The Philistines ran. That same God is still on the throne today. He’s still the captain!
Hebrews 2:9-10 says but we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Jesus earned his rank. He laid down his life and encourages us on. He took on the sins of mankind to make an army out of us. He took on Calvary to give salvation to all. He didn’t take up the sword; he took up the cross. He wore no soldier’s helmet; he wore a crown of thorns. He was buried, but on the third day the tomb was empty. The captain came out and led captivity captive and won the victory. One day soon he’ll split the clouds of glory and come back for us.
Whose side are you on? Do you know your orders and are you obeying them? Will you be counted with the Captain?