Last week, a curious gentleman who had converted from the Islamic faith to Christianity walked to me and asked the number of times Jesus appeared in the scriptures. Because he was from a different religion and wanted to know more about Jesus, I was willing to assist him as a theologian with a biblical standpoint. Thus, I decided to satisfy his curiosity in the next sermon and addressed the question, ‘How many times is Jesus mentioned in the Bible?’
Jesus is mentioned more than 1000 times in the New Testament, with 1043 times in the New King James Version, 1058 times in the English Standard Version, and 1592 times in the Good News Translation. Additionally, Jesus has been indirectly referenced in the Old Testament with more than 300 prophecies concerning Him.
In this article, I will take you on a voyage that will discuss who Jesus is according to the Bible and so much more. Without further ado, join me as we delve into this subject matter.
What does the Bible say about Jesus?
Jesus is God in the flesh
This is illustrated in John 10:30 when Jesus said that He and the Father are one. This means that Jesus was claiming equality with God.
Jesus is the Son of God
This is illustrated in Luke 22:70, when Jesus acknowledged that God is His Father.
Jesus is a great high priest
Jesus lived a sinless life, and because He did not sin, God accepted His sacrifice, as depicted in 1 Peter 3:18, so that humanity may become righteous through Him.
Jesus is the pardoner
Jesus could forgive sins as described in Luke 5:20.
How many times did Jesus appear in Old Testament?
According to various scholars, Jesus appears more than 300 times in the Old Testament through indirect references and prophecy. For instance, according to Isaiah 53:12, Jesus has been referred to in that before His crucifixion, He was numbered with the transgressors. Additionally, the prophecy of His unique virgin birth is described in Isaiah 7:14. The prophecy of His death is equally described in Psalm 22. The prophecy of His resurrection is also described in Psalm 16:9-11. Additionally, He is described as the coming Ruler of Israel in Micah 5:2.
Jesus’ Earthly ministry is illustrated in Isaiah 61:1. He also appears in the Old Testament in the form of pre-incarnate encounters as the Son of God, as illustrated in Genesis 18:1-3 where the Lord appeared to Abraham in human form. Furthermore, He is God’s promised Messiah that sojourned to Egypt as described in Hosea 11:1. Genesis 32:22-30 describes Jesus as the man who wrestled with Jacob as He saw God face to face. He is also identified as the Son of Man according to Daniel 7:13-14 and the Son of God according to Daniel 3:25.
How does Jesus appear in the New Testament?
Jesus appears in the New Testament as a role model with several unique traits. For instance, Jesus was compassionate. According to Matthew 9:36, He never turned away people in need and was always ready to help them. Jesus was also a servant. According to Mark 10:45, He addressed that He did not come to be served but to serve others. Equally, Jesus was forgiving. According to Luke 23:34, He forgave everyone when He was on the cross.
Another exceptional trait of Jesus was that He was loving. According to 1 John 4:7-8, He commanded people to love one another as love is from God, and God is love. He also showed His love when He laid down His life for humanity, as described in John 15:13. Additionally, Jesus was humble. He performed acts of humility when He washed His disciples’ feet, as illustrated in John 13:5. Furthermore, He was obedient. He was obedient to God’s will even to the point of agony and death at the cross, as described in Philippians 2:8. Lastly, Jesus was prayerful. According to Luke 5:16, He was committed to prayer and would spend time alone praying to God before anything major took place.
Titles of Jesus in the Bible
The following are the titles of Jesus in scripture:
Almighty – Revelation 1:8
Jesus is the Mighty One who is, who was, and who is to come.
Alpha and Omega – Revelation 22:12-13
Jesus is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Amen – Revelation 3:14
Jesus is the final Word of God.
Christ – Colossians 3:15
Jesus is the chosen and anointed divine ruler.
Immanuel – Matthew 1:23
Jesus is God with us.
The Gate – John 10:7-9
Jesus is the doorway to Heaven and eternal life.
God – John 20:27-28
Jesus is God the Son, which is a part of the Holy Trinity of God.
I Am – John 8:58-59
Jesus is the undisputed and sovereign deity.
King of the Jews – Matthew 2:1-2
Jesus is the royal leader who reigns over the Jews.
Lamb of God – John 1:29
Jesus is the sacrificial lamb of God whose blood saves the souls of sinners.
Lord – Matthew 22:43-44
Jesus is a divine leader with a Godship and the overall and ultimate leader of God’s creation.
Master – John 15:20
Jesus is always in charge.
Messiah – John 4:25-26
Jesus is the promised and anointed leader.
Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
Jesus provides the ultimate peace like no other.
Rabbi – John 1:38
Jesus is the teacher of the Word.
Savior – Luke 2:11 and 1 Timothy 4:10
Jesus saves sinners from their sins so that they can gain eternal life.
Son of Man – Luke 19:9-10
Jesus used this title on Himself to illustrate His humility and to relate with humanity.
Son of the Most High – Luke 1:32-33
Jesus is the only begotten Son of the Almighty God.
Word – John 1:1
Jesus represents the Holy Scriptures of God.
Wonderful Counselor – Isaiah 9:6
Jesus provides the most magnificent solutions to all problems.
How many Jesus are there in the Bible?
There are four different people named Jesus in the Bible. According to Mark 10:47, Jesus Christ, Son of David, is also known as Jesus of Nazareth and is the core focus of the New Testament. According to Matthew 27:16-17, Jesus Barabbas is the full name of the prisoner that Pontius Pilate released in place of Jesus Christ. According to Colossians 4:11, Jesus, also called Justus, was a believer who sent greetings to Apostle Paul. According to the King James Version, Joshua is identified as Jesus in Acts 7:45 as opposed to the New King James Version, where only the name Joshua is used as portrayed in Acts 7:45. This is to illustrate that Jesus is the Greek or anglicized version of the Hebrew name Joshua, the successor of Moses as Israel’s leader.
Popular Bible verses about Jesus
- John 3:16 – Jesus is God’s only begotten Son.
- John 1:1 – Jesus is the Word of God.
- 1 Timothy 2:5 – Jesus is the mediator between God and humanity.
- John 8:12 – Jesus is the light of the world.
- Ephesians 2:10 – Jesus considers humanity His workmanship.
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