It does not matter how you say it
His NAME is still WONDERFUL!
Yahshua, Yehoshua, Y’shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, Jezus, Isa or Jesus?
Some people get uptight about the way the name of Jesus ought to be pronounced and written, but they make a fundamental error, for He knows what we mean when we speak His wonderful name in our native tongue.
Linguistically it is simple to see how the rendering of the Hebrew Y’shua’ developed into the English ‘Jesus’:
Y’shua’ (Hebrew) — Ιησους (Greek) — Iesus (Latin) — Jesus (English).
I do not see any Biblical reason for Christians arguing about exactly how to pronounce Jesus’ name or God’s name for that matter. When we are told to pray in Jesus’ name, it does not mean that we have to pronounce the actual sounds of either name in Hebrew otherwise we are turning it into a kind of magic spell. So while the pronunciations of the name vary from language to language (the Greek form of “Jesus” is very different from the Hebrew), and the precise Hebrew pronunciation of the divine name (the tetragrammaton – YHWH) is unknown, that really does not matter. So while it is not a problem to use “Y’shua” or something else instead of “Jesus”, it is likely to confuse the people we talk to, who even in the secularised western world have some idea of who Jesus is. So in our language, especially with non-Christians and all the more when appealing to them “be reconciled to God”, we need to speak so that they will understand who we are telling them about, otherwise we will sound like members of a weird cult. This means that, when we are speaking to others, we would do best to stick with “Jesus”.
Since the New Testament was written in Greek (the common language of the day) rather than Hebrew it would be more Biblically sound to pronounce Jesus as ‘Ichthus’ instead of Y’shua if we claim that Christians ought to use Scriptural pronunciations of His name.
I found it interesting that when I started going to Albania my name suddenly changed from Gary to Geri (pronounced Geary by them). I knew they where using my name, so I am absolutely certain the Lord knows His too even if it pronounced differently in the multitude of our languages.
While I cannot dismiss the Jewish foundation of Biblical Christianity, partly due to my family heritage – my great grandmother was Jewish, I fail to see the need for Gentile Christians to conform to Jewish traditions and ceremonies, something the apostle Paul warns against in Galatians. “Why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?” (Galatians 2:14). I have no problem with Jewish converts maintaining their Jewishness, but we Gentiles have no business involving ourselves in it other than having a knowledge of what it means in the light of Scripture.
God did not use either the Hebrew or Greek Bible to reach the world during the great revivals, reformation and evangelical missions of the last 300 years, instead He used the English Bible to bring the Gospel of Salvation to the nations. English, not Greek or Hebrew is the common tongue of the world today – even the Internet largely has to conform to this. There is the notion that today’s Judaism is the same as practiced in Bible days and therefore must be a true religion. Modern Judaism is just as much a false religion as any of the others today. Simply put – if it denies Jesus then it is a false religion. So why are some Christians intent of practicing Jewish customs and traditions? “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers” (1 Peter 1:18). For in doing so they put themselves under the law. “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Galatians 5:4) … “Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain” (Galatians 4:8-11).
Yes, I’ll still wear my Star of David and Y’shua lapel badges, but as for my understanding of the Lord who saved my soul ……
I know Him best as JESUS! – What a WONDERFUL name!