Joshua of Nazareth or the Root of the Lord’s Salvation

Joshua of Nazareth (His Hebrew name) and its very loose translation-the root of the Lord’s salvation is setting the tone for this post and my feeble attempt at translating His names. 

This post is a look at who Jesus is by some of His names, titles, and attributes. (I used the Complete Jewish Bible, the Orthodox Jewish Bible, the Mounce Reverse Interlinear, and the NIV for the verses and the names.) 

Isaiah 7:14 This is the prophecy that says Jesus is Immanuel or God with us.

Matthew 1:23 Matthew repeats Isaiah in his introduction of the Christmas story.    

Exodus 34:6-7 is a good place to find out more about God the Father and Son. Moses wanted to know more, so God introduced Himself as He hid Moses in the rock’s cleft. His introduction was this: Hashem, Hashem El Rachum v’Channun or The Lord, the Lord the compassionate and gracious God. 

Isaiah 9:6 is a list of names or titles the Messiah was given as a present. They are:

  • Peleh (Wonderful) 
  • Yoetz (Counsellor)
  • El Gibbor (Mighty G-d) 
  • Avi Ad (Possessor of Eternity) or (Father of Eternity)-I really this one!
  • Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace)

Depending on what Hebrew source you use, the spellings may vary slightly. (Translators are amazing.) 

At first, I did not include this part of the verse. BUT. After watching several sermons about Christmas, I knew I had to add the first part of the verse. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name. (CJB) This just has so much in it! I will focus on the two “given”. We were given a gift, and so did Jesus, for becoming human. What you do with any gift is always your choice. Choose well and keep Him close throughout the year.   

Matthew 2:23 states that there is a prophecy that says Jesus will be called a Nazarene. Okay, don’t drive yourself crazy looking for that, because it hides in the roots of the word netzer, which means branch. (See The Root, The Branch, The Fruit – The Christmas Stor).  

The Father confirms His words by giving them to two or three witnesses. He did this with what He wanted His Son called. Both Mary and Joseph were told by Gabriel what to call the Baby-Jesus. Mary was told in Luke 1:31 and Joseph’s witness came in his dream in Matthew 2: 21. The third witness is when the Father told Gabriel. The footnote in my NIV in Matthew states, Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves.

Joshua of Nazareth or the Root of the Lord’s salvation, enough said.

The last verse for this post is Revelation 19:11. Jesus is not a helpless baby, or a hard-working carpenter, or a meek rabbi teaching and healing thousands. In this verse, He is called Faithful (pistos) and True (alethinos) while sitting on a white horse leading His armies into battle. His eyes are blazing, a sword is coming out of His mouth, and His robes are dipped in blood.

The mystery and aura of God’s love are easy to hold as a baby in a manger, but the Rider on the white horse is also God’s love for those who choose to believe in HIM.   

Christmas Verses – The First Coming #11

Isaiah 7:14 NIV

 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

The Lord had called Isaiah to encourage Ahaz (did not do right) son of Jotham (did do right) while the Northern Kingdom attacked Jerusalem/Judah.  2 Kings 16 says that Ahaz made a deal with Assyria, and even built an altar to impress them, this may have been after this section of Isaiah.  The Lord gave Ahaz the opportunity to ask for a sign that Isaiah’s prophecy would come true.  Ahaz refused and in so doing angered God.  His refusal sounded good, but probably stemmed from Ahaz’s pride rather than true belief in the Lord.  Verse 9b is an awesome verse, and is truth to last the ages.

Verse 14 is the heart of Christmas, and Jesus’ mission in just fifteen words.  Once again, we see the Lord being faithful and offering hope, even though the judgement of Judah/Israel was being predicted.

Christmas – Jesus in Other Words

Christmas – Jesus in Other Words


  • Psalm 2:7       The Son
  • Psalm 132:11 David’s descendent
  • Isaiah 7:14     God with us
  • Isaiah 9:6       Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
  • Isaiah 28:16   A stone tested, precious, and a sure foundation
  • Isaiah 42:1     Chosen Servant
  • Isaiah 49:6     A light for the Gentiles
  • Isaiah 59:20   The Redeemer
  • Isaiah 62:11   Your Savior
  • Jeremiah 23:5 Righteous Branch
  • Jeremiah 23:6 The Lord Our Righteous Savior
  • Daniel 2:34     Rock
  • Daniel 7:13     Son of Man
  • Micah 5:2       Ruler over Israel
  • Haggai 5:2     Desire of all Nations
  • Zechariah 3:8 God’s Servant, the Branch
  • Zechariah 6:12 Builder of the Temple
  • Zechariah 12:10 Spirit of Grace and Supplication
  • Malachi 3:1      Messenger of the Covenant

See Christmas – Jesus Verses

These are NIV.