What does the name Yeshua mean?
Yeshua is the name commonly used among Jews who believe that Jesus is their Messiah. That is, they have accepted Jesus as their God, Savior, and Lord. They are often referred to as Hebrew Christians. A dear Jewish friend calls himself a “completed Jew.” Yeshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus.
Old Testament Occurrence of Yeshua
Yeshua comes from the Hebrew word ישוע (without vowel pointing). The word actually means “is salvation.” It occurs throughout the Old Testament and is usually translated as Joshua (Joshua 1:1). However, when referring to Jesus, Hebrew Christians might say Y’shua or Yeshua and not Jesus.
New Testament Occurrence of Yeshua
When the angel announced Jesus’ birth to Joseph, he said,
And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 (NASB)
The Greek word for Jesus is Ἰησοῦς. It has the same meaning as the word Yeshua.
Then the angel gave Jesus another name – “Immanuel.” It completes the message of the angel’s announcement by telling us that Jesus is God.
BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” Matthew 1:23 (NASB)
Jesus is our Savior and our God.
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