(Freestyle Morning lesson, something I put together right now.)
The trinity is one of the most difficult doctrines to tackle, but you can’t understand God until you understand Jesus.
First of all lets dabble a bit into etymology.
Rude interruption! “Hold up Bro, What is Etymology? Using big words like this don’t make you a better Christian just to let you know.”
LOL. Don’t worry. That “big word” is not that serious.
According to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition (copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.)
The First definition of Etymology is “The origin and historical development of a linguistic form as shown by determining its basic elements, earliest known use, and changes in form and meaning, tracing its transmission from one language to another, identifying its cognates in other languages, and reconstructing its ancestral form where possible.“
LOL ok ok, In other words Etymology is the branch of linguistics that studies the origin and history of words.
Today I’m going to quickly just skim through the etymology of the word “Jesus”
Lets Begin with the New Testament. Or More correctly the LAST testament.
Matthew 1:20-21 (GW)
Joseph had this in mind when an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel said to him, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus [He Saves], because he will save his people from their sins.”
Luke 1:30-33 (GW)
The angel told her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary. You have found favor[a] with God. You will become pregnant, give birth to a son, and name him Jesus. He will be a great man and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. Your son will be king of Jacob’s people forever, and his kingdom will never end.”
That’s it right? Now this is where it gets interesting and I hope it whets your appetite.
There’s actually More to the Name Jesus.. Jesus is portrayed throughout the First half of the Bible called the Old Testament, or those writings Before Christ.
I found the following verses to be the most profound meaning of the Word Jesus that pretty much sums up his purpose and ministry. But that’s just me, there’s definitely a lot more. the OT is straightup JesusSpeak from Genesis to Malachi.
In Matthew we notice that Jesus means “he will save his people from their sins.”
Check out what Isaiah says:
Isaiah 12:1-3 (GW)
“At that time you will say, ‘I will praise you, O Lord. Although you had been angry with me, you turned your anger away from me, and you comforted me. Look! God is my Savior. I am confident and unafraid, because the Lord is my strength and my song. He is my Savior.’ With joy you will draw water from the springs of salvation.”
You might say “Ok, God is my salvation, so what? What that got to do with Jesus?”
But when revelation hits you- “OH SNAP: God Is My Salvation= Jesus!!!!!!!”
Ancient Hebrew is interesting because Names and Numbers have meaning. the significance of their meaning was so deep that The Number 15 had to be written differently because it used the letters for the Name YHWH! The Jews felt it was Blasphemy! It would be like using God’s name in vain!!
So when you look at Isaiah 12:2, renew your mind about it:
What if all the “Lord is My” parts were really Names??
“Look! [JESUS]. I am confident and unafraid, because [Insert name for: Lord is my strength] and [name for the lord is my song] is [JESUS].”
ehh this might be too deep for ya, so lets just leave it at this for now..
Rude Interruption! “HOLD UP HOLD UP! Now you went too far, you just completely twisted and distorted the word of God and as a Christian I can not stand by as you mutilate the bible!”
Granted it does seem so. But then I’m reminded of this:
Mark 4:10-13 (GW)
“When he was alone with his followers and the twelve apostles, they asked him about the stories. Jesus replied to them, “The mystery about the kingdom of God has been given directly to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories: ‘They see clearly but don’t perceive. They hear clearly but don’t understand. They never return to me and are never forgiven.’ ” Jesus asked them, “Don’t you understand this story? How, then, will you understand any of the stories I use as illustrations?”
You can be the greatest scholar in the world, and still be on the “outside” of God’s Kingdom. God used a bunch of junior high school level fishermen to teach them the deep profound truths of the word. So that they will not feel like they have a right to keep that knowledge to themselves, nor can they charge people for that knowledge.
You have to really love wisdom to take in everything I just wrote right now. But Cedar Trees don’t grow in a day.