The Name of Jesus Christ
The name “Jesus” in Hebrew literally means “God saves.” The name “Jesus” in Hebrew is “Yeshua.”
In the Old Testament, Yeshua was an alternative form of the name Yehoshua, Hebrew for Joshua (Numbers 13:16, 1 Chronicles 7:27).
Therefore, Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua.
The name Yeshua is related to the Hebrew verb root “rescue” and one of its noun forms, yesua, “deliverance.”
Yeshua in Greek is “lesous,” and in Latin is “lesus.” The name Jesus in English comes from lesous and lesus.
In the New Testament, which was written in Greek, “Christ” in the Greek is the word “christos,” which means “anointed.”
In the Old Testament, which was written in Hebrew, the word for “Messiah” is “mashiach,” which also means “anointed.”
Therefore, the Greek word for Christ, “christos,” is the Greek equivalent for the Hebrew word for Messiah, “mashiach.”
Therefore, His name could properly be written and spoken as, “Jesus the Anointed One.”
Jesus revealed the anointing when He stood in the synagogue and spoke his first public words after His baptism and being tempted by the enemy (Luke 4:18-19).
He read a portion of Isaiah (61:1-2).
The anointing reveals God’s heart and love for the world.
The anointing is an eternal mystery. Yet, it is also simple. The anointing is the presence and the power of God.
The glorious results of the anointing are:
Good News of Salvation for the Poor, Humble and Afflicted
Healing for the Brokenhearted
Liberty to the Captives
Sight to the Blind
Liberty for those Oppressed
The Year of the Lord’s Favor