1In those days, John the Baptizer came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” 3For this is he who was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet, saying,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness,

make the way of the Lord ready!

Make his paths straight!”

4Now John himself wore clothing made of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him. 6They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for his baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8Therefore produce fruit worthy of repentance! 9Don’t think to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.

11“I indeed baptize you in water for repentance, but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his threshing floor. He will gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire.”

13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?”

15But Jesus, answering, said to him, “Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.

16Jesus, when he was baptized, went up directly from the water: and behold, the heavens were opened to him. He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming on him. 17Behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”


Word study | Matt 3:13 | Steve Stanley

(Gk. Ἰησοῦς, Iāsous). Strong’s: 2424.

The name “Jesus” finds its origin in the Hebrew word יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshua), a later form of the word יְהֹושׁוּעַ (Yehoshua), “Joshua”—Jesus and Joshua share the same name in the Greek NT (cf. Luke 3:29; Acts 7:45; Heb 4:8). The English word “Jesus” comes from the Greek transliteration of the Hebrew Yeshua. The Hebrew meaning of the name is “Yahweh is salvation,” most appropriate for Jesus. Matthew 1:21 shows that God makes a deliberate connection between the naming of Jesus and His role as Savior. Jesus is Savior. This name was common among Jews, apparently naming their sons after Joshua. The connection of Jesus and Joshua by name in the Bible is not coincidental either, as Joshua in his role in the conquest of the Promised Land serves as a type, or foreshadowing of Jesus and His role in providing believers salvation and access to heaven.

The Hebrew word Yeshua is transliterated as Iesous in Greek and Jesus in English, as the chart reveals.