The Name of Jesus!
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yeh-ho-shoo’-ah ha maw-shee’-akh
By Craig C. White
The name of Jesus is a special name. It means “God Saves”. God saves people from the penalty of sin. The penalty of sin is death, plus the everlasting torment of hell. Jesus has power to save. He is the only person who has the power to save us from our sins.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The English name Jesus is derived from the Greek name Iēsous (ee-ay-sooce’). The Greek name Iēsous comes from the Hebrew name yehôshûa‛ (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah), or in English: Joshua. The name Joshua consists of two parts. The first part is the Hebrew word yehôvâh (yeh-ho-vaw’), or in English: Jehovah. Jehovah means the self–Existent or eternal. Jehovah is the Hebrew name of God. The second part of the name Joshua is the Hebrew word yâsha‛ (yaw-shah’). Yasha literally means to be open, wide or free. In the old testament Yasha is used 205 times, it is translated in English as save, rescue, deliver, defend, avenge, preserve, help, savior, victory, safe, and salvation.
So the name Jesus means “God saves”.
The apostle Peter said that Jesus was the Christ.
Mat 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Christ is English for the Greek word Christos (khris-tos’). Christos means anointed. The Hebrew word for anointed is mâshı̂yach (maw-shee’-akh). In the bible, kings and priests were anointed with oil to show that they were set apart to a special position (1Ch 11:3). Jesus was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to show that he was set apart to save the nation of Israel; and to save people from their sins (Mat 3:16-17).
When you say the Hebrew word mâshı̂yach into English you get the word Messiah. In Hebrew one could say “Yehoshua ha Mashiakh” (yeh-ho-shoo’-ah ha maw-shee’-akh). In English you say “Jesus the Messiah”; or “God saves”, plus his title “the anointed”.
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
What are you waiting for?! Call on the name of Jesus and be saved!