• Diana Dodd

25 Names of Christ Celebration - Day 23

The name Jesus was actually quite common in ancient Israel, much like the name John is today. Beyond that, I knew little about the name itself, but I have a small book called, Names of God, which lists all the Biblical names for God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and gives the definition and the scriptural references for each. For "Jesus," the book says that it is the "Greek form of the Hebrew name 'Yeshua,'or 'Joshua' in English." The Hebrew meaning of "Yeshua" is, "Yahweh is salvation," and "Yahweh" is translated as "Jehovah" in English. (see footnote)

An unremarkable name for a seemingly unremarkable man. Documentaries about Jesus who cite historical accounts of him from Jewish and Roman records, report that he was average looking at best, certainly from humble origins, a mere carpenter without what would be considered status or education, and no one could account for how he managed to cause such trouble in the formidable Roman Empire for centuries to come.

The prophet Isaiah had this to say about the humble man from Galilee, "...he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief...he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrow; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed." - Isaiah 53:2, 4-5

Jesus - a simple man who taught a simple faith that changed the world.

Names of God, ©2014 by Bristol Works, Inc., Printed by Rose Publishing, Inc., Carson, CA

Graphic by Chrissie Angell.

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