Part 5: Conclusion
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So the story goes, as Martin Luther spent long hours studying God’s Word he dreamed that Satan appeared to him reading a long scroll with all his many sins from his birth on. As the reading of the list went on and on, Luther’s terror grew and grew. Finally, unable to take any more, he leapt to his feet and cried, “It is all true, Satan, and many more sins I have committed in my life, which are known to God only; but write at the bottom of your list, ‘the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.’” Then gasping the inkwell on his desk, he threw it wholeheartedly at the devil, who immediately took his leave.
Tourist are now free to see the inkblot on the castle wall of this famous event.1
No better story can better exemplify the truth of Zechariah 3:1-8. God cleanses those he chooses, not on any merit of their own, but on the basis of the work of the messiah. This liberating reality is just as earthshaking and available today as it was to Joshua and the restoration community almost two and a half millennia ago.
Indeed this is a message all the world yearns to hear, that when the prophet’s words are fulfilled, that there will be a time when “ten men from all nations of every language will grab the robe of a Jewish man tightly, urging: Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”2 It is only then Israel will have arrived at its purpose that God designed from the beginning.3
 Holman, 167.
Merrill, Everlasting Dominion, 560.