(myCommunity.com) What is the meaning of the name of Jesus? What does the name of Jesus mean? If ever a name was full of meaning, it is the name Jesus. The Scriptures say that Jesus has been given "the name that is above every name, so that before the name of Jesus all knees will bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth"(Philippians 2: 9-10, Standard Christian Bible). Why is the name of our Lord so powerful? What does the name of Jesus mean?
The name of Jesus, announced to Joseph and Mary through the angels (Matthew 1: 21, Luke 1: 31), means "Yahweh saves"Or"Yahweh is salvation" Transliterated from Hebrew and Aramaic, the name is Yeshua. This word is a combination of Ya, an abbreviation of Yahweh, the name of the God of Israel (Exodus 3: 14); and the verb yasha, which means "rescue","break free"Or"save"
The English orthography of the Hebrew Yeshua is Joshua. But when translated from Hebrew into Greek koine, the original language of the New Testament, the name Yeshua becomes harsh. In English, Jesus becomes Jesus. Therefore, Yeshua and, consequently, Joshua and Jesus mean "Jehovah saves"Or"the Lord is salvation"
The name of Jesus was quite popular in the first century of Judea. For this reason, our Lord was often called "Jesus of Nazareth", Distinguishing him by the home of his childhood, the town of Nazareth in Galilee (Matthew 21: 11, Mark 1: 24, Lucas 18: 37, Juan 1: 45, Juan 19: 19, Acts 2: 22). Despite its common character, the name of Jesus is remarkably significant. Jesus was sent by God for a particular purpose, and his personal name bears witness to that mission. Just as Yeshua / Joshua in the Old Testament led his people to victory over the Canaanites, Yeshua / Jesus in the New Testament led his people to victory over sin and their spiritual enemies.
Galaxies 4: 4-5 says: " But, when the deadline was fulfilled, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to rescue those who were under the law, so that we would be adopted as children."He sent Jesus to save us (John 3: 17). The meaning of the name of Jesus, "Yahweh saves", Reveals his mission (to save and liberate) and his identity as Savior of the world. At the same time, the commonness of Jesus' name underscores his humanity and humility. The Son of God shed His glory to become a humble man (Philippians 2: 6-8). The Lexham Theology Survey eloquently captures this double meaning in the name of Jesus: "He was, from one angle, 'just another Joshua', and yet, in another sense, he was the real Joshua, the only one who would live up to the meaning of this name in a way that others could not"
The name of Jesus is important for its meaning and for who it represents. There is power and authority in the person of Jesus Christ, and, of course, the person is designated by the name. More than with other names, we associate the name of Jesus with his character, quality and distinctive work, as seen in the following biblical truths:
Salvation is only in the name of Jesus: "Christ
is "the stone that you rejected the builders, and that has
become the cornerstone. " In fact, in no other is there
salvation, because there is no other name given to men under heaven
by which we can be saved."(Facts 4: 11-12; see also John 14: 6; 20: 31; Facts 2: 21; Joel 2: 32; 1 Corinthians 6: 11; 1 Juan 2: 12).
The forgiveness of sins is received through the name of Jesus: " All the prophets testify about him, that everyone who believes in him receives, through his name, the forgiveness of sins"(Facts 10: 43; see also 22: 16).
Believers are baptized in the name of Jesus: "Repent and be baptized each of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, "Peter replied," and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."(Facts 2: 38; see also Matthew 28: 19; Facts 8: 12,15-16; 10: 48; 19: 5).
Healing and miracles were performed in the name of Jesus: "By faith in the name of Jesus, he has restored this man whom you see and know. This faith that comes through Jesus has healed him completely, as you know."(Acts 3: 16, see also verses 6-8 and 4: 30).
Jesus teaches believers to pray in his name; that is, to pray, in His authority, the type of prayer He would pray: "Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it; thus the Father will be glorified in the Son. 14 Whatever they ask for in my name, I will do it."(John 14: 13-14; see also 15: 16; 16: 23-24).
In every way, Jesus lives up to his name. The name of Jesus reminds us of the power, presence and purpose of the risen Christ. He assures us that God's gracious intention is to save us. Our Lord Jesus brought God to humanity and now brings humans to God through the salvation He purchased. In the Bible, when people spoke or acted in the name of Jesus, they did so as representatives of the Lord with their authority. The life of the believer must be lived in the name of Jesus (Colossians 3: 17) and in doing so, glorify God: "We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ"(2 Thessalonians 1: 12).