Yeshua’s life was cut short after only a three-year ministry.
The Hebrew name for God is Yehova, respectfully abstracted in the double Yod character יי.
According to the ancient Jewish custom going back to Abraham, Yeshua’s name which also begins with Yod ישוע created a direct link from God to him through the sound of this character.
Abraham (né Avraham), one of the three Fathers of the Jewish People, named his only son Yitzhak. יצחק, meaning ‘He who will laugh a lot’ when his wife, Sarai, laughed gleefully herself upon hearing angels announce she would be blessed with a first-born.
At already 75 years of age such news, in these times, was indeed something to rejoice about particularly, perhaps, when the soon-to-be-father had already celebrated his ninety-ninth birthday. The belief of this link to God through the Yod is still current in regards to all other biblical names such as Yakov, Yosef, Yudit, and Yudah; hence Yahuda, Judea, the land of God. Yod is also the holy link-letter in Yehoshafat, Yehoahaz (יהואחז), names belonging to various kings of Judea.
The first Christian gospel is generally attributed to Matthew, though it is believed that Mark’s had been written some ten years earlier therefore forty years after Yeshua’s death.
Matthew’s account begins while Yeshua was having one of the daily ritual baths in accordance with the ancestral Jewish rule of Mikveh which requires a daily immersion in a flowing body of water to cleanse the body.
On that fateful day, glimpsing Yeshua on the bank of the Jordan, Yohanan ha-matbil hailed him and invited him to bathe alongside him. Seeing as Yohanan and Yeshua were cousins on Maryam’s side, it was hardly newsworthy. Be that as it may, by the end of the 1st century, Matthew wrote that at that precise moment, Yohanan had sensed there was something quite unique about his cousin.
Yeshua, himself, had been entertaining the notion that he was a prophet akin to the ancient prophets whose prophecies he had been studying, interpreting, actively debating and arguing about with the Temple Priests. As time went on, Yeshua’s belief became more profound: the priests had to urge their people to add elements of love and compassion to their dealings with others. A rigid belief in ritualized religion was no longer enough. The priests had to lead by example.
From the writings of Mark, Yeshua was renamed Jesus and Maryam/myram, his mother, was reborn as Mary – a Gentile.
In Matthew, Yohanan, Maryam’s nephew, himself of Jewish descent, as were all the people with whom Yeshua lived, ate and spoke to on a daily basis, were re-cast under the Christian moniker. Yohanan was thus recast as John the Baptist, and that positioned him as a Gentile, a non-Jew.