The name Jesus…

The name Jesus (Yeshua) appears to have been in use in the Land of Israel at the time of the birth of Jesus. Moreover, Philo‘s reference in Mutatione Nominum item 121 to Joshua (Ἰησοῦς) meaning salvation (σωτηρία) of The Lord indicates that the etymology of Joshua was known outside Israel. Other figures named Jesus include Jesus BarabbasJesus ben Ananias and Jesus ben Sirach.

In the New Testament, in Luke 1:31 an angel tells Mary to name her child Jesus, and in Matthew 1:21 an angel tells Joseph to name the child Jesus during Joseph’s first dream. Matthew 1:21 indicates the salvific implications of the name Jesus when the angel instructs Joseph: “you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins”. It is the only place in the New Testament where “saves his people” appears with “sins”. Matthew 1:21 provides the beginnings of the Christology of the name Jesus. At once it achieves the two goals of affirming Jesus as the savior and emphasizing that the name was not selected at random, but based on a heavenly command.

Here are some verses regarding the name of Jesus to help to frame this review:

  • There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. – Acts 4:12
  • At the name of Jesus every knee should bow. – Philippians 2:10
  • You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 6:11
  • Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do. – John 14:13
  • Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name! – Luke 10:17
  • Signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus. – Acts 4:30
  • For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Romans 10:13

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in The form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of Man: and being found in fashion as a Man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at The name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God The Father.

Philippians 2:5-11

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