555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

247. The Meaning of the Name "Jesus."




The name "Jesus" is the name by which the Saviour is preferably known in the Gospels. "Christ" is used as a proper name in the Epistles, but in the Gospels, except in rare instances, such as Matt I :1; Mark i :1; Luke II :1I ; John i there is found not the familiar "Christ" but "The Christ." The later combination of the two names, "Jesus Christ," is found only in John (John 17:3) and after the resurrection (Acts 2:38, 3 r6). "Jesus" is the Greek form of the Hebrew name "Jehoshua " or in its abbreviated form "Joshua." Its variants are found in "Jeshua" and "Hoshea." "Jesus" means Deliverer and the divine selection of the name is indicated in Matt. 1 :21"He shall save his people from their sins."