The Name Jesus
As amazing as this sounds, Jesus has never been the name of our Savior. For one thing our Savior was a Jewish man. Secondly he spoke Hebrew or Aramaic not Greek or Latin. There is no letter J nor any letter that makes this sound in the Hebrew or the Aramaic. The name Jesus comes to us through the Latin and Greek. Many people today believe that our savior’s name was Yeshua, which means “He Saves.” Although this name is closer to the original than Jesus, which has no meaning in any language, the actual name of our Savior was and is “YAHSHUA”. Yahshua is composed of two words, one is the shortened-poetic form of the name “Yahweh” which is “Yah” and means “Self existent one” or “I am that I am” and “shua” which is the Hebrew word for ‘save or salvation’. Hence, the name Yahshua means “Yahweh’s Salvation.” The name Yahshua fulfills the duty assigned to our Savior of coming and saving the people for Yahweh the Father. Yahshua tells us that he came in the name of his father: John 5:43 “I have come in my Father’s name”…… For the purpose of saving those that He, the Father chooses:
17:1 After Yahshua said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Yahshua Messiah, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. 6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
The Name Yahshua is special because it came directly from Heaven. The Book of Matthew tells us that before Joseph denied Mary his fiancée, an angel from Yahweh appeared and told him to name the child “Yahshua.”
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of Yahweh appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Yahshua, because he will save his people from their sins.”
The name of our Savior is the most important name in this world. According to the Bible, it is the only one that offers salvation.
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Yahshua has been the name of our savior since the day he was born. The name Jesus on the other hand is a fairly new name. In fact the 1611 King James Bible initially spelled it “Iesus”. the Strong’s Concordance tells us that it was pronounced “ee-ay-sooce” not Jesus. Any good dictionary will tell you that the letter J received it’s “J” sound either on or after the 17th century; the “J” sound was probably influenced by the French. The Greek influenced and slowly changed the Hebrew Name of our savior to a variant Greek name. In fact even now many Greek names end in ‘us’. Examples, Marcus, Julius, Augustus, Zeus, and of course Jesus. In fact, in Spanish, the name Jesus is spelled the same as the English however it is pronounced “HE-ZEUS”.
Many people will refuse to use the Real Name of our savior because of the emotional attachment that they have to the name Jesus. However the Bible commands us to worship Him in Spirit and truth.
23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
In essence the name Yahshua slowly changed through the centuries and thus in our time we ended up with Jesus. Yahshua blessed us and allowed us to grow spiritually through the names that the people have known him by over the years. Names such as Yeshua, Iesus and now Jesus have been a blessing to those of us who used them because we have been ignorant of his real name. We have all had the experience of calling someone we met by a different name until they told us what their real name is. Once they have introduced their real name to us we no longer go about calling them a false name and we don’t get upset or offended that they correct us. When someone calls you by a name that is not yours, you politely tell them that your name is such and such. You don’t get mad at them because they simply didn’t know. Our Father shows us His mercy when we are in ignorance (when we don’t know).
30 In the past [Yahweh] overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed [Yahshua]. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
1 Tim 1:13-14
13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Master was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Messiah Yahshua.
Thus when we don’t know the truth, we are forgiven and only held accountable for the things we were aware of. However once we have become aware of the truth and we refuse to accept it, then we can no longer use ignorance as an excuse; we cannot say that we did not know.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin.
The fact is that Yahshua is a name that is above any other name! It is a name that our Father Spoke directly from his mouth through His angel. It is a name that brings us closer to our Father because of it. We can all grow to love this name just like we loved the man-made name of Jesus. But we must use it! We must pray to our Father in the name of Yahshua. When we read our Bibles we should inject this name in it’s proper place. We should lovingly and without controversy teach it to our children, our friends and our families. For it is the only name that brings Salvation!