The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. Luke 1:30-31
While the angel Gabriel told Mary the specific name she was to call her newborn child, and he explained to Joseph the divine reason the baby was to be named Jesus, the Bible also refers in many other ways to the Son of God. Jesus is the Greek form of Yeshua (Joshua), which means the LORD saves.
From Smith’s Bible Names Dictionary on Bible Gateway:
The name Jesus signifies savior. The name Christ signifies anointed. Jesus was both priest and king. Among the Jews priests were anointed, as their inauguration to their office (1 Chronicles 16:22). In the New Testament the name Christ is used as equivalent to the Hebrew Messiah (anointed) (John 1:41), the name given to the long-promised Prophet and King whom the Jews had been taught by their prophets to expect (Matthew 11:3; Acts 19:4). The use of this name, as applied to the Lord, has always been a reference to the promises of the prophets. The name of Jesus is the proper name of our Lord, and that of Christ is added to identify him with the promised Messiah. Other names are sometimes added to the names Jesus Christ, thus, “Lord,” “a king,” “King of Israel,” “Emmanuel,” “Son of David,” “chosen of God.”
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Hebrews 13:20-21 (NIV) – Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Door of the Sheepfold
John 10:7 (BRG) – Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
Lion of the Tribe of Judah:
Revelation 5:5 (GW) – Then one of the leaders said to me, “Stop crying! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has won the victory. He can open the scroll and the seven seals on it.”
From the Encyclopedia of the Bible on Bible Gateway:
John uses the expression “believe on his name” five times (John 1:12; 2:23; 3:18; 1 John 3:23; 5:13). In two of the cases, it is used in close parallelism with believing in the son of God, Jesus (John 3:16 with v. 18; 1 John 5:10 with v. 13). The name here is his person and the belief in that name is not magical, but it is an acceptance or “receiving” of his messianic person and mission and thereby acquiring the right to enter into a new relationship with the heavenly Father (John 1:12).
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