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2577 Iesous, Jesus

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Mat. 1:1 ESV

 

Βίβλος γενέσεως ᾿Ιησοῦ Χριστοῦ, υἱοῦ Δαυΐδ, υἱοῦ ᾿Αβραάμ. This is the way the New Testament begins by introducing Iesous Christos. At the time of Jesus, the world was Greek. Between the two testaments Alexander the Great established a vast empire, introducing the Greek language and culture everywhere. Greek became the international language, perhaps like English is today. Everyone, including the Jews and the Romans, spoke it. Therefore, when the disciples wanted the world to know about the One they called Yeshua, they wrote in Greek. They told the world about Iesous.

 

What’s the point? Well, it’s unnecessary to argue whether He should be called Yeshua or Jesus, as some do. It’s the same name, only in different languages! In fact, other languages call Him Jezus, Jesu, Yaso, Ieso, Isa, Iso, Isus and many more. How wonderful is that? Tell the whole world – every nation, tribe and tongue – that Jesus lives, that Jesus saves, that Jesus loves them! Tell it to them in their own language. Tell someone today!

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus the Christ, in whose Name every person on earth can be saved. How can I help to make His Name known across the world? In Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

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