Are you curious about the many names of Jesus in the Bible? God’s Word gives us a variety of names for Jesus, each with its own unique meaning and significance. From the Savior to the Light of the World, each of Jesus’ names helps us understand the role that He plays in our lives and in the world.
Whether you’re a lifelong Christian or simply curious about the faith, exploring the names of Jesus in the Bible will strengthen your understanding of His message of love and salvation.
And as you dig deeper into the many names and titles of Jesus Christ, you’ll discover a rich and meaningful tapestry of language that will help you understand who Jesus is and what He means in your life. Because each of Jesus’ names reveals a unique characteristic of His that will help you reflect on the truth that He’s always with you, and always working for your good!
Who is Jesus?
Jesus Christ is the most significant person to ever live! He is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of the world. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is both fully God and fully human and that He came to earth to save humanity from sin and death.
Let’s start our journey through the names of Jesus with the one we’re most familiar with, Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the name given to Him by His parents Mary and Joesph at birth.
The name “Christ” comes from the Greek word “Christos,” which means “anointed one.” It’s more of a title than a name and given to Him because He is the Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament. And because God anointed Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the world.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.
Luke 1:31 NKJV
Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
John 6:69 NKJV
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Matthew 1:1 ESV
Son of God
Jesus is the Son of God and the second person of the Holy Trinity, which is made up of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:18 NKJV
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,
Luke 1:32 ESV
The Hebrew name for Jesus is Messiah. This word “Messiah” comes from the Hebrew word “Mashiach,” which means “anointed one.” The Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament. He was expected to come and save Israel. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy of the coming Messiah when He was born of a virgin and died on the cross to save us from our sin, and in doing so, saved not only Israel but all of humanity with His loving sacrifice.
He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ).
John 1:41 NKJV
Jesus as Savior
When we think of Jesus, one of the first things that comes to mind is His role as Savior. It’s the name most central to our Christian faith, and it’s reflected in many of the names and titles given to Jesus in the Bible.
Through His sacrifice and teachings, He offers us hope, forgiveness, and a path to eternal life. So, let’s explore the names of Jesus as Savior.
Lamb of God
One of the most powerful names associated with Jesus as Savior is the Lamb of God. This title reminds us that Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice, offered up to atone for our sins. In this way, He is seen as the perfect, spotless lamb that was sacrificed in the Old Testament as an offering to God for forgiveness.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
John 1:29 NKJV
Bread of Life
Another way that Jesus is seen as a Savior is through His role as the Bread of Life. This title comes from the idea that, just as bread sustains our physical bodies, Jesus sustains our spiritual lives. He is the source of nourishment and sustenance that we need to live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
John 6:35 ESV
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
John 6:32 ESV
The Good Shepherd is a name of Jesus Christ that emphasizes His role as our protector and guide. Just as a great shepherd takes care of his flock and leads them to safety, Jesus cares for believers and leads us on the path to salvation.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
John 10:11 NKJV
and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
1 Peter 5:4 NKJV
Another important name of Jesus Christ is Redeemer. This name emphasizes Jesus’ role in redeeming and sanctifying us from sin and death. Through His sacrifice on the cross, he paid the price for our sins and made a way for us to be reconciled with God.
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Job 19:25 KJV
And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 NIV
Prince of Peace
Jesus is the Prince of Peace because not only does He provide peace that surpasses all understanding, but He is also the source of that peace.
Because Jesus was resurrected from the dead, we serve a Living God who has saved us from death and sin. This truth is reflected in this verse about our Saviour.
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
1 Timothy 4:10 King James Version
Jesus as King
In the Bible, Jesus is called the King of kings and the Lord of lords, and the King of the Jews. As the King of kings, Jesus is the ruler of all creation and He has the ultimate authority over it. As the King of the Jews, He’s the promised Messiah who came to save God’s people.
Here are some more of Jesus’ names that will help you understand Jesus as King.
King of Kings
As the King of Kings, Jesus rules of all of creation with unmatched power and ultimate authority. In the book of Revelation, He’s described as the One who will reign forever and ever.
These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Revelation 17:14 NKJV
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17 ESV
King of the Jews
As the King of the Jews, Jesus is the promised Messiah who came to save His people. He is the One who fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament and established a new covenant with His people. And He is the One who came to set His people free from sin and death.
Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
John 1:49 ESV
In the book of Isaiah, Jesus is referred to as the Mighty God. He is the One who has the power to create and sustain all things. He is the One who has the power to heal the sick and raise the dead. And He is the One who has the power to forgive sins and reconcile us to God.
Jesus is our Judge. He is the One who will come to judge the living and the dead. He is the One who will separate the sheep from the goats and reward each person according to their deeds. And He is the one who will establish justice and righteousness on the earth.
Jesus is our High Priest. He is the One who intercedes on our behalf before God. He is the One who offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. And He is the One who has made a way for us to approach God with confidence.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Jesus Christ is not only the Savior of the world, but He is also the Creator of the world. As the second person of the Trinity, He played a vital role in the creation of the universe. So, let’s learn more about how Jesus is the Creator.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus is referred to as the Word of God. John 1:1-3 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” This scripture clearly indicates that Jesus is the Living Word of God. And that He was present in the beginning and involved in the creation of the world.
Image of God
In Colossians 1:15-17, the Apostle Paul writes, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” This passage emphasizes that Jesus is the image of God and that all things were created through Him.
Hebrews 1:2-3 says, “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” This passage highlights that Jesus is the Creator and that He upholds the universe by the word of His power.
Jesus’ name of Creator is also emphasized in the book of Revelation. In Revelation 4:11, the four living creatures say, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” This Bible verse acknowledges that Jesus is the Creator and that all things were created by His will.
While reading the Scriptures, you’ll come across many names and titles for Jesus. In this section, we will explore some of the most popular names and titles given to Jesus in the Bible.
One of the most significant names for Jesus in the Scriptures is “I AM.” This is the divine name is used to refer to God in the Old Testament, and Jesus uses it to refer to Himself in the New Testament. In John 8:58, Jesus says, “Before Abraham was, I am.” This statement is a clear claim to His divinity and equating Himself with God.
Emmanuel or Immanuel is a name given to Jesus in Matthew 1:23 which says, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” This name of Jesus Christ emphasizes the fact that He is God in human form, and it reminds us that God is always with us, even in our darkest moments.
Son of Man
Jesus often called Himself the “Son of Man.” This title emphasizes Jesus’ humanity and His role as a representative of all humanity. In Mark 10:45, Jesus says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Other Names of Jesus in the Bible
Aside from the well-known names and titles of Jesus we’ve already discovered, there are many other names that He is referred to in the Bible. Each emphasizes a different aspect of His nature and role in our Christian faith. Here are some other names of Jesus that you may find interesting along with the Bible verse associated with them.
Alpha and Omega
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. This title is used to describe Jesus in the book of Revelation, where He is referred to as the One who is, who was, and who is to come. It emphasizes his eternal nature and his role as the ultimate authority over all things.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Acts 8:12 ESV
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12 NKJV
And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Acts 4:29-30 ESV
In this devotional, we’ve discovered the various names and titles of Jesus, each revealing a different aspect of His character and mission. From His role as Savior to the Bread of Life, He is the embodiment of God’s love and grace.
In studying the names of Jesus, I pray that you’ve gained a deeper understanding of His significance in your own life. And as you reflect on these names, you’ll find strength in knowing that Jesus is always with you, guiding and protecting you.
Because Jesus isn’t just a historical figure or a distant deity. He’s your personal friend and Savior. You can call on Him in times of trouble, and He’ll be there to comfort and support you.
So, let the names of Jesus in the Bible inspire you to live a life of faith and devotion. Whether you are facing challenges or celebrating victories, Jesus is always there to walk with you on your journey.