People who speak the name of Jesus with no reference to the Person simply don’t know Who they are talking about!
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
–Jesus, Revelation 1:8
From the past several days:
When Peter made his great statement in Acts 4:12, he gave us a unique definition of salvation from God’s perspective,
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
There are several questions that arise from this verse.
- Must a person be saved?
- From what is he lost?
- Is he not capable of saving himself?
- Why Jesus’ name?
- What makes His name special?
- What is required?
- What shall we gain/avoid?
Today, we look at question #5, “What makes His (Jesus’) name special. Let’s look at the name, Jesus:
From ONE FOR ISRAEL,
The name “Jesus” comes from the Greek way of expressing his name: Ἰησοῦς, which is pronounced “Yay-soos”. While we have an English version of the Hebrew name for Gabriel, we seem to have ended up with an English version of the Greek version of the Hebrew name for our Messiah, that doesn’t even sound close anymore. It makes him all the less recognizable to his Jewish brethren. Jesus just sounds so… gentile! But when Jewish people hear his name in Hebrew, quite often the lights go on. Ah! Yeshua! The name Yeshua was known and used in Jewish history – you can find men called Yeshua in the roll calls of teams serving in the temple (1 Chronicles 24:11, 2 Chronicles 31:15, Ezra 2:2,6,36). It’s a version of Joshua, and it means “salvation”. This makes much more sense to Jewish ears.
Yeshua means, “Anointed One.” The Anointed One is the Messiah of Israel and Savior of the whole world. Here’s what Daniel wrote about the Anointed One,
25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. Daniel 9:25-26
To explain a little bit, the “sevens” are prophet-speak for years. 69 “weeks,” or, “sevens,” is basically 483 years from the beginning of the rebuilding of the second temple in 457 B.C. to 27 A.D. when Jesus was baptized and anointed by the Holy Spirit, which came down in the form of a dove. Let’s read that passage:
16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
When we say the name, “Jesus,” we are calling on God’s Anointed One, the Messiah. Our Jewish brethren call Him, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One). What was Jesus anointed to do? Let’s look:
8 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:27
31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:31-32
When we call on the name of Jesus, all of this rich history and the enormity of His sacrifice come with it. We remember that He is seated at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:19-21), yet He bids us to come to Him for mercy and grace in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Let us praise Him for who He is!
Abba, may we stand in awe of You, and Your Son, Jesus Christ, Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, our Lord and Savior. Please continue to transform us into the image of Your Son. We would be honored. Amen.