She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

What does your name mean?  Have you ever thought about it?  How about if you have kids, did you think about the meaning of their names when you picked the names?  In older times more intention was placed on the meaning of a child’s name than the actual name itself.  In Biblical Hebrew (which reflected the way names were chosen in society) a person or place’s name was important.  The meaning of that name referred to the calling or destiny of that person.

For example, Moses means “drawn out”.  He was drawn out of the water by Pharaoh’s daughter.  He also was used to draw Israel out of Egypt.  Elijah means “My God is Yah”.  Yah is a shortened form of Yahweh.  Elijah took a stand against Baal on Mount Carmel. 

There is a common TikTok sound that says, “I understood the assignment”.  As we look at the name Yeshua, we will see that He understood the assignment.  As we look at the Old Testament we find the name Yeshua used several times as its definition:  Salvation. 

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Psalm 14:7

But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!”

Psalm 40:16

Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:12

But even more interesting we see one of the individuals in the history of the nation of Israel as a type of Jesus.  His name was Joshua.  The Hebrew form of Joshua is Yeshua.  A type is “a person or thing symbolizing or exemplifying the ideal or defining characteristics of something.  A person or event in the Old Testament taken as a foreshadowing of someone or something in the New Testament.”  Joshua having the same name in Hebrew as Jesus, became a symbol or foreshadowing of what Yeshua would do for us. 

There might be some confusion about this name.  The Greek translation is Iesous, which is transliterated into English as Jesus.  But we lose some things about this beautiful name when we go down that road.  He is Yeshua, “The Lord of my Salvation”.  This is a more personal name for Jesus.  It helps us to remember and celebrate what He did while He lived on earth.  We do miss some of this because the New Testament is written in Greek, but we must remember that His name is Yeshua.  Yeshua would have been a common Hebrew name, much like Joshua is in English.  What makes Him different is that He actually IS Salvation! 

There are several times that Yeshua is referred to in his early years by what He will do.  First Gabriel announces to Mary what His name was to be:

You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.

Luke 1:31

Then we see Gabriel explain His assignment to Joseph (in the Scripture at the beginning of this blog), Zachariah demonstrates His understanding of Yeshua, and Simeon tells everyone at the temple about the future of this child.

to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

Luke 1:77

For my eyes have seen your salvation,  which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:  a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

Luke 2:30-32

Yeshua came to earth with the specific purpose of saving us!  Yeshua truly understood the assignment!

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