Yeshua or Jesus which is correct?
There is much controversy over how we should address our savior these days. Many have renounced saying Jesus and now refer to our Savior as Yeshua. It is interesting to note that in Genesis 11:1 the whole earth was of one language. There was no difference in what these people called God. The people of this time progressed to call themselves [Genesis 4:26] which being interpreted by the name of the LORD. In other words, they called themselves Yehovah. They built a tower to reach towards Heaven and ultimately God destroyed their efforts and brought them down to the level he created them[Genesis11:9]. The name LORD in Hebrew is considered to be the sacred name in that the Jews of old would not say this name for fear to taking the name in vain. Therefore, when writing this name, they would negate some of the letters of this sacred name and simply call him Lord which is being interpreted Adonai meaning master, husbandman etc. The controversy of today has become so complex that here we are gentile Christians trying to learn old Hebrew tradition. This is impossible without one to teach us over a period of many decades. Let us dive a little deeper. First, we are Gentiles and we shouldn’t try to live something we have no idea of what we are doing. We are already spiritual Jews inwardly [Romans 2:29]. Second, it was God that confused the languages and therefore he speaks all languages regardless of whether we say Jesus (Greek) or Yeshua (Hebrew). Both names mean Jehovah saves/Yehovah saves. The word "name" is a noun that is a person place or thing. Name implies nature, character, power and authority. If we don’t know the nature of our God as being a Savior, we don’t know him as God. In Acts the devils said Jesus (Yeshua) I know and Paul I know but who are you [Act 19:15]? So, why all they controversy? It is also interesting to note that the Jews wrote from right to left as opposed to left to right. So are we going to start writing like them? See, if we try to live by the law we shall be responsible for keeping the whole law [Galatians 3:11,12]. It was an art for the scribes of old to write the Hebrew letter. The Hebrew lettering had to be written a certain way or it was discarded according to the law. We are Gentiles, stay in your lane. One must understand that in translating the bible from Hebrew, Greek, Latin etc. the YOD (Y) was replaced with the (J) which doesn’t exist in the Hebrew. It was simply a translation. God understands what they were trying to do. There is still power in the name no matter how you say the name. I have cast out devils in the name of Jesus and I have cast them out in the name of the LORD and in the name of Yeshua. The devils know the difference and we should as well. It is not in word but in the power of a relationship of God’s saving grace in knowing him [Luke 4:36, I Corinthians 4:20]. We all were saved calling on the name Jesus. We were filled with the Holy Ghost calling upon the name Jesus. We didn’t know about the Hebrew name for Jesus being Yeshua and he still saved us and he still filled us. Don’t be carried about by every wind of doctrine, but let you heart be established with grace [Hebrew 13:9]. This is the nature of God, love and grace [Ephesians 4:14-7].
Pastor E.F. Collins