The Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21, And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus.

There are two significances here: first, that the Son of God was born under and subjected to the Law, marked by circumcision. But the second significance is my focus: His name and what it means. He was named Jesus—Ιησοῦς (Iēsous)—the Greek transliteration of the name יֵשׁוּעַ (Yēshua)—Joshua, which means “deliverance, rescue, salvation” (יֵשעַ, yēsha). Names and their meanings carried weight in these times. Isaac means “laughter,” and he was named such because Sarah laughed when God told her she’d have a son in her old age (Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-6). Thus, the Messiah is named Jesus because He has come to be our salvation.

What do our names mean? Perhaps our parents chose our names carefully with meaning. As one named Garrick, my name means “one who governs with a spear” or “spear king.” A “Garrick” is one who leads with the tip of a spear—he charges forward, unafraid. Indeed, this describes my whole life. More importantly is the name of Jesus. He has come to deliver us, rescue us, save us from sin, the world, and our enemy the Devil. That was His purpose on earth, which He accomplished on the cross in His death and resurrection. We are saved—we are justified—by faith (Romans 3:23-26). And we now look forward to the second coming of Jesus to fully restore us to His kingdom.

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