Some different versions I have read and/or studied express the name of Jesus as ‘Yeshua’, ‘Yashua’, ‘Yahushua’, ‘Yah Shua’, and ‘Deliverance of Jah’. Regardless of spelling, the importance is in the meaning and power of that name. Some teach that in ancient times names were given to express a person’s character. I have a little difficulty with that concept, because when a child is born, a parent doesn’t always know what character a child may develop except in situations where the Holy Spirit or some messenger from God tells a person what to name the child. In any event people often grew up with the name they were called either affecting their character, or later they often had a name change that reflected their character. This was on my mind as I considered the many gospel hymns that referred to the name of Jesus (Blessed Be the Name, Take the Name of Jesus with You, etc.). Some of my present readings in Matthew caused more reflection on the wonder, power, majesty, and glory of the name of JESUS. (All verses copied from the Hebraic Roots Version.)
Matthew 1:21 And she will bear a son, and you shall call His name Yahshua, for He shall save His people from their sins.
1:23 "Behold! The virgin will conceive in her womb and will bear a son, and they will call His name Emmanuel," which is interpreted, our Elohim with us. (Isa. 7:14)
1:25 and did not know her until she bore her son, the Firstborn. And he called His name Yahshua.
12:21 And the nations will hope in His name." (Isa. 42:1-4)
Believing in the name of Jesus is believing in Him as His name presents Him to be, Emmanuel as ‘our Father God is with us’, and Jesus as ‘our Father God is our salvation’ and we accept as 12:21 above states that our hope is in His name.
Matthew 18:5 And whoever will receive one such little child in My name receives Me.
18:20 For where two or three are assembled together in My name, there I am also among them.
Remember that anyone’s name represents who he/she is. As a name expresses who a person is, Jesus is also known as the Christ (from Christos in the Greek) or the Messiah (from Mashiach in the Hebrew). This name (both names Christ and Messiah are the same word in different languages) means that Jesus is the ‘specially appointed One Who was promised by our Father God.
I’ve heard an illustration used in a sermon many years ago that the famous general Napoleon had a soldier in his army that really messed something up. When that soldier was brought before Napoleon, Napoleon asked his name. When the soldier told him his name was Napoleon, the general, Napoleon told him to either change his ways, or change his name. One thing that often escapes our thoughts that we need to keep ever present in our minds is that “in His name” means that anything done “in His name” means it is said or done from that Christian (see His name ‘Christ’ in the term ‘Christian’) whose life reflects the nature and character of Jesus Christ. When the verses above say to receive a child or assemble together in His name, they mean that whatever is done is done in the nature and character as though it was Jesus Himself Who was doing. We are to do for others with no expectation or acceptance of recognition so much for ourselves as for Christ Who enables us. This is what John the Baptist spoke of in saying that he (John) must become less and Jesus must become greater. This is what the great preacher spoke of when he said that if any left his sermon talking about what a great preacher he was, he had failed his Master, because anyone who leaves his sermons should be talking about how great the Master is.
Matthew 7:22 Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name do many works of power?
10:22 And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but the one enduring to the end shall be saved.
24:5 For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Messiah. And they will cause many to be deceived.
9 Then they will deliver you up to affliction, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
Would we wish to take the name of Jesus to boast of our prophesying, casting out demons, and do works of power? Are we willing to profess the name of Jesus even though it means being hated on account of His name? Would we be easily deceived by those who use His name falsely? How would we react if delivered up to affliction? Jesus said that those who follow Him should count the cost. When we see statistics that announce however so many profess Christianity, do we consider how many of them make the profession before counting the cost, and those who have counted the cost?
John 14:13 And whatever you may ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
15:16 You have not chosen Me, but I chose you out and planted you, that you should go and should bear fruit, and your fruit remain, that whatever you should ask the Father in My name, He may give you.
16:23 And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give you. 24 Until now you asked nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be full.
Remember that asking IN HIS NAME means more than just sticking His name at the end of a prayer. It means asking when you’re life is acting and asking in character with His nature and His will. Do you expect to receive? Is it in His will? Are you acting (living your life) in keeping with His nature and character?