Thursday, August 21, 2008

THE NAME OF JESUS

According to Matthew, Jesus came to save people. It was stated in his name. According to Matthew 1:21, He was called Jesus "for He will save His people from their sins." As the graphic depicts, "Jesus" is the Anglicized form of the Greek name "E-A-sous", which was the Hellenized form of the Hebrew "Yehoshua" ("Joshau" or "Yahweh rescues"), which was the same as the Aramaic "Yeshua".

The name Jesus wore was more than a statement about God; His name was a statement concerning His own purpose for coming: Jesus came to bring eternal salvation. And when you couple His name with what Isaiah foretold that He would be born of a virgin and that His name would be "Immanuel", meaning "God with us", you discover a deeper understanding of exactly who Jesus was and is.1 He was not merely a man or a prophet; He was God's Son who came to rescue us from sin and to give us eternal life. As the song says, there is something about name Jesus.

The people of the day understood who Jesus was. Though his motives were not honest, when Herod learned that the Messiah was born in Bethlehem, he said to the Magi, "Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him."2 The Magi found Jesus and they worshiped Him, but they did not return to Herod. To worship anyone or anything was Anathema, yet the Holy Spirit clearly says that Jesus was worshiped. The name Jesus specifies that God, the Son, came in the flesh and dwelt among us. John said "And we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."3 The name of Jesus is holy and filled with rich meaning of salvation for all who believe in Him.
_____________
1.Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
2.Matthew 2:8

No comments:

Post a Comment

HAVE YOUR SAY, PLEASE COMMENT


To email Dan Mayfield: Click Here