The name Jesus, used in the English New Testament, comes from the Latin form of the Greek name Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous), a rendition of the Hebrew Yeshua (ישוע), related to the name Joshua. This early Biblical Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ Yehoshuaʿ underwent a shortening into later Biblical יֵשׁוּעַ Yeshua`
Jesus’s last name is NOT Christ. A typical Jew in Jesus’ time had only one name, sometimes supplemented with the father’s name or the individual’s hometown. Thus, in the New Testament, Jesus is commonly referred to as “Jesus of Nazareth” (e.g., Mark 10:47). Jesus’ neighbors in Nazareth refer to him as “the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon” (Mark 6:3), “the carpenter’s son” (Matthew 13:55), or “Joseph’s son” (Luke 4:22). In John, the disciple Philip refers to him as “Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth” (John 1:45).
All of this is interesting and might help some in understanding the Bible. However, what Jesus the Christ did in his life is the most important. Today we celebrate His birth.
For general interest, Christmas will be on Sunday the the year 2022, 2033, 2039, 2044 and 2050.
NOTE: Arthur City Baptist is not holding services today.