"Yeshua" is the Hebrew or Jewish equivalent of the English name "Jesus," and because of its meaning and authenticity, there is validity in its usage -- especially in evangelism. In any case, the name of the Lord, in any language, has power and authority.
Yeshua's friends and disciples, all of whom were Jewish -- including Yeshua himself -- spoke in Hebrew or Aramaic, and pronounced his name "Yeshua'", which means "he will save".
The English name "Jesus" comes from the New Testament, which was written primarily in Greek. In attempts to pronounce "Yeshua" in Greek, his name was rendered "I?us". Finally, in modern English translations, it became "Jesus."
Yeshua is a contraction of the Hebrew name Y'hoshua (Joshua, in English), which means, "God saves" (literally YHWH or Adonai saves, where YHWH (in English, "Jehovah") is the unspeakable name of the Hebrew God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, God the Father, the Creator of the Universe).
Yeshua is also the masculine form of the Hebrew word "yeshu'ah", which means "salvation."
At Perfect Word, we believe that there is only one name under heaven and on the earth and under the earth which brings salvation, and that is the one whose name is salvation: The Word of God, Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
We are not "religious" and certainly not dogmatic about the exclusive use of the name "Yeshua" in place of the name "Jesus", yet we believe there is a fresh revelation to be found in the name above all other names.
Below are some examples of the word "yeshu'ah" in the Old Testament. It's exciting to see, for all intents and purposes, the Lord's name all throughout the Hebrew Scriptures -- something many of us may have never seen before. After reading these passages, you may gain a whole new perspective on the Lord's name, why God chose for that to be His name, and why he came to earth. Shalom! (Peace be with you!)
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my yeshu'ah (salvation). He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his yeshu'ah (salvation) day after day.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his yeshu'ah (salvation) day after day.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your yeshu'ah (salvation).
The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of yeshu'ah (salvation) for his messiah (anointed one).
Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his yeshu'ah (salvation).
He alone is my rock and my yeshu'ah (salvation); he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our yeshu'ah (Savior), who daily bears our burdens. Selah
I am in pain and distress; may your yeshu'ah (salvation), O God, protect me.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your yeshu'ah (salvation) always say, "Let God be exalted!"
He will call out to me, 'You are my Father, my God, the Rock my yeshu'ah (Savior).'
The LORD has made his yeshu'ah (salvation) known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the yeshu'ah (salvation) of our God.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my yeshu'ah (salvation).
I wait for your yeshu'ah (salvation), O LORD, and I follow your commands.
I long for your yeshu'ah (salvation), O LORD, and your law is my delight.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of yeshu'ah (salvation).
In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes yeshu'ah (salvation) its walls and ramparts.
... he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my yeshu'ah (salvation) to the ends of the earth."
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my yeshu'ah (salvation) will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my yeshu'ah (salvation) through all generations."
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim yeshu'ah (salvation), who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls yeshu'ah (Salvation) and your gates Praise.