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I invite you to place your name in the blanks in the following paraphrase of John 3:16.  This is exactly what God did for you through His only Son, Yeshua.    For this is how much God loved your name: He gave His only and unique Son to die and to rise again so that if your name believes in Messiah Yeshua, your name will have Yeshua living with your name daily and so that your name will not perish but have eternal life.  (Bill’s paraphrase of John 3:16)

If you already know Yeshua as your Savior and Lord, this is His assurance for you.  If you have never repented of your sin and accepted Him as your Savior and Lord, this is your opportunity to do so.

Until next time…May the LORD bless and protect you…May He give you Shalom.” (Numbers 6:24-26)


For those who may be wondering, “Yeshua” is Jesus’ Hebrew name, the name He would have been called by His contemporaries while He was on earth.  “Yeshua” means “salvation.”  “Messiah” means “the anointed one”.  It is the original Hebrew for the Greek “Christ.” Father God promised a Messiah, the anointed one of the line of David who would redeem mankind, Jew and Gentile alike. Yeshua is that promised one, the promised Jewish Messiah.

I prefer to use Yeshua, Messiah Yeshua, or Yeshua HaMashiach (Yeshua the Messiah) for a couple of reasons:  First, I prefer “Yeshua” because “Yeshua” is His name–how He was called by His contemporaries.    For example, my name in Spanish is Guillermo, but when I travel to Ecuador, they call me “William” or “Bill”, not “Guillermo.”  Conversely, I do not call someone named Guillermo, William or Bill. Second, I prefer “Messiah” because it has so much more meaning than “Christ”.  The final reason is because “Jesus” and “Jesus Christ” are common swear words.

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