[This article was contributed by Apollos]

(Acts 1:8) … when the holy spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me [Jesus] … to the most distant part of the earth.

(Acts 4:12) … there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.

(Revelation 12:17) … the remaining ones of her seed … have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.

Sometimes we need to stand back and do some self-analysis. It has been an ongoing discussion on this site as to how much emphasis is given by Jehovah’s Witnesses to Jesus Christ. It is a valid matter to be concerned about as long as we continue to call ourselves a Christian organization. We can argue about customs and general doctrines in comparison to first century Christianity, but one thing that is inescapable when reading the Christian Greek Scriptures is that the first century message was entirely built around the good news about Christ Jesus.

When reading the April “study edition” of the Watchtower, I got the distinct impression that Jesus was largely missing, with the exception of a few references to things that he is recorded as saying.

In order to check whether it was simply my mistaken impression I decided to do a quick search on the PDF version to take stock of how much Jesus Christ features in this primary teaching publication for JW’s.

Here are some word counts:

Jehovah: 207 instances
Jesus: 11 instances
Elder(s): 11 instances

The word “Christ” also occurs 3 times, but in all of those it is referring to Moses, not Jesus.

Interestingly, the most recent “public edition” of the Watchtower available online (March), features the name Jesus more than it does Jehovah.

Now why would it be that the public edition contains such a different balance to the one used to introduce and reinforce doctrine to existing members?