Did you know Jesus isn’t Jesus’ only name? Jesus was the name God, through the angel Gabriel, instructed Jesus’ earthly parents to name him when he was born. The name Jesus is a Greek version of Joshua, which means “God saves.” That’s why the angel said, “
You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Here are some of the other names for Jesus throughout the Bible:
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Stained glass window containing the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, circa 1883, near the front door of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Alpha & Omega (Revelation 1:8)
These are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet (like A and Z in our alphabet). This is saying that Jesus is the first and the last.
- Creator (Colossians 1:16)
Jesus is the Creator God. He made us!
- Bread of Life (John 6:35)
Jesus gives us life—eternal life! Just like bread (and other food) keeps us alive, so does Jesus’ life in us. He gives us life for eternity.
- God (John 20:28)
Jesus is God! He is “God the Son” in the Trinity. Trinity means that God is three-in-one: one God, three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).
- Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14). The Old Testament high priests offered sacrifices for the sins of the people of Israel. Jesus is our High Priest. But he didn’t sacrifice an animal for us—he gave himself! His sacrifice paid the price for sin, and it was the only sacrifice we need.
- Holy One (Mark 1:24)
Jesus is holy. That means he never sinned and cannot sin.
- I Am (John 8:58)
I Am is the name God gave himself in the Old Testament.
Jesus is the I Am because he is God!
- Immanuel (Matthew 1:23)
This Greek name means “God with us.”
- King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15)
There are many kings and other rulers, but Jesus is the greatest king and ruler ever!
- Lamb of God (John 1:29)
Lambs were sacrificed to cover the sins of the Israelites.
But Jesus came as our sacrifice—the ultimate Lamb!
- Light of the World (John 1:9)
Our world is filled with sin and suffering. But Jesus is the Light in our dark world.
- Redeemer (Isaiah 59:20)
This name means that Jesus has “redeemed” us; he has paid the price to save us from our sin.
- Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4)
Jesus is our Rock—firm and steady. We can trust in him!
- Savior (Luke 2:11)
Jesus is the Savior of the world. He offers the free gift of salvation to all who will put their faith and trust in him.