“Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua which was originally Hoshea (Oshea) (Numbers 13:8, 16 – the King James Version of the Bible spells it “Oshea”), but changed by Moses into Jehoshua (Numbers 13:16; 1Chronicles 7:27), or Joshua. After the Exile it assumed the form Jeshua, from which came the Greek form Jesus. It was given to our Lord to denote the object of his mission, to save. An angel told Joseph (his foster-father), “You are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
JESUS CHRIST – Je’sus, the proper, as Christ is the official, name of our Lord. To distinguish him from others with the same name, he is spoken of as “Jesus of Nazareth” ( John 18:7), and “Jesus the son of Joseph” ( John 6:42).
The life of Jesus on Earth may be divided into two great periods,
(1) his private life, till he was about thirty years of age; and
(2) his public life, which lasted about three years.
He entered his public ministry when he was about thirty years of age. It is generally believed to have lasted about three years. Each of these years had particular features of its own.
The years of Jesus Christ’s ministry
1.The first year may be called the year of obscurity, both because the records of it which we possess are very scanty, and because he seems during it to have been only slowly emerging into public notice. It was spent for the most part in Judea.
2.The second year was the year of public favor, during which the country had become thoroughly aware of him; his activity was constant, and his reputation was known through the length and breadth of the land. It was almost wholly passed in Galilee.
3.The third was the year of opposition, when the public favor ebbed away. His enemies multiplied and assailed him with more and more persistence, and at last he fell victim to their hatred. The first six months of this final year were passed in Galilee, and the last six in other parts of the land.
The Gospels are eyewitnesses accounts of the words and work of Jesus Christ in many different aspects.
Jesus was also the name of four other men in the Bible…
1.Joshua, the son of Nun (the King James Version says “Jesus” in Acts 7:45and Hebrews 4:8; all new translations avoid confusion by using the name “Joshua”)
2.A Jewish Christian surnamed Justus( Col. 4:11)
3.Jesus bar-Abbas(sometimes just calledBarabbas)—a prisoner released by Pontius Pilate( Matthew 27:16-17)
4.An ancestor of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:29). Translated as Jose in the King James Version and NJKV, Joshua in the NIV, NASB, and NRSV.