Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses twenty-one through thirty-five of the second chapter. When you come to this particular passage of scripture you will find the birth of Jesus having already taken place. The census which Caesar Augustus issued by decree that the whole world might be taxed had already been issued. The census which would have brought Mary and Joseph to the tiny town of Bethlehem had already taken place and Mary had given birth to Jesus, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. The angel of the Lord has already appeared in the heavens in the countryside of the hills of Judaea, and the glory of the Lord has also appeared and come upon the shepherds who were tending their sheep by night. The angelic host of heaven had already appeared with the angel of the Lord in the midst of the glory of the Lord and had sang praises unto the living God and unto His Christ who had been born in Bethlehem. The angels had already departed into the heavens after announcing the birth of the Christ in Bethlehem, and the shepherds had already made their way to where the young babe lie wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. I have to admit that I can’t help but wonder what that sight must have been like—not only for Mary who conceived and gave birth to the Christ, but also for Jospeh who was espoused to Mary to be her husband. I wonder what it was like when the very Son of God brine through the womb and entered into the world naked and crying. What was it look to look upon the Christ after He had just broken the womb and Entered unto the world? What was it like to listen to him as he cried when he broke the womb and as Mary and Joseph cleaned him off before wrapping him in swaddling clothes? What was it like as Mary and Joseph looked upon that tiny infant laying in a manger knowing that this little infant was the Christ, the Son of the living God? I can’t help but wonder what it was like for these two individuals to gaze and fix their eyes upon the Christ who entered into the world as a babe who was born of a virgin and placed in a manger.
As I sit here this morning I can’t help but wonder what it was like for the shepherds when they had not only seen the angel of the Lord, had not only seen the glory of the Lord shining round about them, but had also heard the angelic host since praises unto the living God for the birth of His Christ. I can’t help but wonder what it was like as these lowly shepherds who were watching their flocks by night saw the angel of the Lord and not only heard the proclamation of the birth of the messiah, but had also heard the angels singing praises before and praises unto the living God. What was it like as the shepherds arose in haste from their flocks in order that they might move according to the word of the Lord that they might come and see the messiah who had been born in Bethlehem of a virgin. What was it like as the shepherds made their way to Bethlehem and found the young babe lying in a manger and his mother Mary and Joseph there watching over this tiny infant. What was it like as the very messiah and Christ of the living God entered into the world—not as a man, or even as a conquering king, but rather as an infant who was born of a virgin and laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. What’s more, is that I can’t help but be incredibly gripped and captivated by the fact that Mary and Joseph had to bring forth Jesus in a stable and lay him in a manger because there was no room in the inn for the young child to be brought forth into the world. Pause for a moment and consider the fact that when it came to the bringing forth of the messiah the young child had to be brought forth in a lowly manger because there was no room for the child to be brought forth in the inn. This is quite compelling and intriguing, for it causes us to wonder if there is room in this work for the messiah to be conceived and brought forth. The fact that there was no room in in the inn for Mary and Joseph to bring forth the messiah causes me to wonder if there is any room in our hearts and in our lives for the messiah to be brought forth. Is there room in our homes for the messiah to be brought forth, or does the messiah have to be brought forth outside and apart from those places in our lives because there is no room. Is there room within our churches and houses of worship for the messiah to be brought forth, or does the messiah have to be brought forth outside the four walls of the church because there is no room? What a terrible indictment it is that there was no room in the inn for the messiah to be brought forth and that Mary and Jospeh had to bring the child forth in a lowly stable and lay Him in a manger.
I am convinced that in order to understand that which is found within this particular passage of Scripture it is necessary that we turn and direct our attention to the words which the angel Gabriel spoke unto Mary when he appeared unto her in the town of Nazareth—in the very town where Jesus would ultimately spend His life growing up in. It’s actually quite interesting and astonishing to consider the fact that the prophetic word and announcement concerning Jesus the Christ and His birth would take place in the very town where Jesus would end up growing up with Mary and Joseph. The angelic message which was released unto Mary was released in the very place where the life of the Messiah would grow and would be cultivated until the time of His appearing. It was true that the Messiah would be born in the town of Bethlehem, however, the Messiah would spend His life growing up in the town of Nazareth with Mary and Joseph, and would even grow up learning the trait of Joseph who was a carpenter by trade. I absolutely love the words which the angel Gabriel speaks unto Mary there in the town of Nazareth, for the words which he spoke unto her would set the foundation for what we find and what we read in the particular passage of Scripture which is before us today. It is in the first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke, as well as the first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew where we find the visitation of the angel Gabriel to Mary there in the town of Nazareth, and the announcement that Mary would conceive and give birth to a child who would be the Messiah, the Christ, and the Son of the most High God. Pause for a moment and consider the words which the angel Gabriel spoke unto the Virgin Mary while she was living in the town of Nazareth espoused and pledged to be married to Joseph. The first of the two accounts of the angel Gabriel appearing unto Mary and declaring unto her that she would conceive and give birth to the Messiah and Christ is found in the first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke beginning with the twenty-sixth verse. It’s actually quite interesting that when you read the words which are found in the first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew you will find the angel Gabriel appearing unto Joseph in a dream encouraging him to not be afraid to take Mary unto himself as his wife, for that which was conceived within her was not of the human will, nor was it of human flesh. It’s worth noting that Matthew chose to reveal this in terms the angel Gabriel’s visit to Joseph while in the town of Nazareth, while the beloved physician Luke chose to present it from the angel Gabriel appearing unto Mary while she was in the town of Nazareth. What an absolutely wonderful and powerful sense of confirmation took place and occurred within the town of Nazareth, as not only did the angel first appear unto Mary and declare unto her that she would conceive a child of the Holy Ghost who would be the Messiah, but also that the angel would appear unto Joseph and encourage him to not be fearful to take Mary as his wife. Consider if you will the words which are found in these two passages of Scripture beginning with the first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke:
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:26-38).
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was mounded to put her away priviiy. But while he though on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his. People from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had hidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus” (Matthew 1:18-25).
Each of these passages must be carefully understood before we can entertain and truly understand that which is found in the second chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke, for beginning with the twenty-first verse of the second chapter we find that when the eight days as prescribed by the law were completed, Mary and Joseph named the child Jesus according to the word which was spoken unto them by the angel Gabriel. It is absolutely worth noting and considering the fact that not only did the angel Gabriel appear unto Mary and speak unto her the name of the child who would be born of her, but the angel Gabriel also appeared unto Joseph by dream during the night instructing him to take Mary as his wife, and to call the name of the child that was conceived within her womb JESUS. I absolutely love how the beloved physician presented us with the angelic message of Gabriel unto Mary concerning her conceiving a child by the Holy Ghost, and that the child that would be conceived within and born of her would be the child of the most High God, and would be the Messiah and Christ whom all of Israel was waiting for and patiently expecting and anticipating. I absolutely love how Luke sought to present it from the angelic visit unto Mary by the angel Gabriel, while the apostle Matthew chose to present it from the perspective of the angel Gabriel visiting Joesph by dream at night in order that he might prevent Joseph from putting away Mary rather than taking her as his wife. It’s incredibly powerful to think about and consider the fact that the angel Gabriel not only appeared unto Mary and spoke unto her concerning the birth of her child who would be called Jesus, but the angel also appeared unto Joseph concerning the child, and encouraged him to not be fearful to take Mary as his pledged and espoused wife. What’s more is that when you read the account which the apostle Matthew presented in the first chapter of his gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ, you will find a direct connection between the birth of Jesus the Christ of the Virgin Mary and the prophetic word which was spoken through the prophet Isaiah. You will recall that in two different places within the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah there is a prophetic word that was spoken concerning the birth of the Messiah, and how the birth of the Messiah would take place through a virgin who would conceive and bring forth a child. I am thoroughly convinced that if we are going to understand that which is found in the second chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke, as well as the words which were spoken unto Mary and Joseph, it is necessary for us to turn and direct our attention back to the words which were spoken through and by the ancient Hebrew prophet Isaiah concerning the birth of the Messiah. Consider if you will the words which the prophet Isaiah proclaimed and declared concerning the Messiah who was to be born among men:
“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse evil, and choose the good. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorest shall be forsaken of both her kings” (Isaiah 7:14-16).
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Within these two passages of Scripture we are given a tremendous prophetic word concerning the birth of the Messiah would was long foretold and long prophesied by the law and the ancient Hebrew prophets, as both the law and the prophets foresaw the Messiah being conceived and born among men in order that He might fulfill and accomplish the purposes of the living God in the earth. The prophet Isaiah saw the Messiah being born of a virgin, and that the name of this child would be called Immanuel, which literally means “God with us.” The prophet Isaiah would go on to see this Messiah being born, as a son would be given who would see no end to his government. It would be this child and this Messiah who would be called Wonderful, Counseller, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. What I so love about the second account of the conception and birth of the Messiah is that the prophet Isaiah saw a little more concerning the Messiah—namely, specific names of the Messiah which would be given unto Him. This Messiah would be born unto us of a virgin, and would be born unto us as a child, and this Messiah would be called Immanuel, which being translated means “God with us.” Moreover, the Messiah would be given names that would point to the tremendous ministry that would be fulfilled among men within and upon the earth. The prophet Isaiah didn’t merely see the Messiah as being born of a virgin and being born as a child, but the prophet Isaiah also would see certain names concerning the Messiah—names which would speak great volumes and great details concerning the weight and significance of the ministry which the Messiah would engage Himself in within and upon the earth. The prophet Isaiah saw the Messiah as being Wonderful, as being Counseller, as being the mighty God, as being the everlasting Father, and as being the Prince of Peace. What’s more, is that the prophet Isaiah saw the Messiah as having a government and peace of which the increase there would be no end. The prophet Isaiah not only saw the Messiah being born of a virgin and being raised a child, but the prophet would also see this child as being given the throne of His father David, and His sitting upon the throne to establish it in justice and righteousness for ever and ever. How absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about and consider the fact that the prophet Isaiah—who had perhaps the clearest and most descriptive words concerning the Messiah—not only saw the Messiah as being born of a virgin, but he also saw something of His nature, something of his character, and something of his ministry within and upon the earth. The prophet Isaiah saw the Messiah as being God with us, which in and of itself is truly remarkable, for it would be through this Messiah born of a virgin that God would literally dwell among us in the form of human flesh. I can’t help but be reminded of the words which are written and recorded in the New Testament gospel of John, the New Testament epistle of the apostle Paul written unto the Philippian congregation, as well as the words which are found in the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews. Consider if you will each of these passages of Scripture and there tremendous relevance to the birth of the Messiah who would literally be God with us:
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through Him mighty believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:6-14).
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11).
“But now we see not yet all things put under Him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it beloved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:8-18).
The words which the prophet Isaiah saw concerning Jesus the Christ being Immanuel is absolutely and wonderfully powerful, for the prophet saw the Messiah as being the manifest expression of the presence and glory of God among men. This reality would be expressed in the writings of the apostle John, the apostle Paul, as well as the writing of the author of the Hebrews, for they would all see Jesus the Christ as being the physical embodiment of the glory and presence of the living God in flesh. Each of these New Testament authors saw the Messiah as being the actual expression and manifestation of the glory and presence of the living God within and upon the earth, and what’s more, is that the apostle Paul actually took it a step further and declared that because of the obedience of Jesus the Christ unto suffering and death, the Father had given Him a name that is above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, and every tongue should confess, in heaven and on earth and declare that He is Lord. Within the writing of the epistle which the apostle Paul wrote unto the Philippian congregation we find the mention of the name of Jesus, and that at the very mention of that name every knee would bow, and every tongue would confess that He is Lord. I absolutely love that which is found in this passage of Scripture within the New Testament gospel of Luke, for it brings about the fulfillment of the words which were spoken by the angel Gabriel concerning the child—namely, that the child would be given the name of Jesus. It is absolutely remarkable that the prophetic word concerning the name of the child was not only spoken unto Mary while living and dwelling in the town of Nazareth, but it would also be spoken unto Joseph by dream during the night. Moreover, in the first chapter of the New Testament gospel account of the apostle Matthew we find that Joseph did not know Marty unto she had given birth to her firstborn child, and gave him the name of Jesus. In the second chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke we find that after eight days had been completed for the child to be circumcised, they would give the child the name Jesus according to the word which was spoken by the angel Gabriel. In fact, the beloved physician Luke is sure to explain how their naming of the child was in direct connection with the word which the angel Gabriel had spoken unto Mary while He was yet still in the womb. The word concerning the name of the child would not only be spoken once while the child was still in the womb, but the name of the child would be spoken a second time while the child was still in the womb—once unto Mary, and a second time unto Joseph.
WHEN THE MESSIAH GETS A NAME! WHEN THE NAME OF THE MESSIAH IS FINALLY REALIZED! As I sit here this morning and consider that which is written and that which is found in this particular section of the New Testament gospel of Luke I can’t help but be reminded of the two occasions when the angel Gabriel appeared unto both Mary and Joseph and declared unto them the name of the one who was the long awaited and long expected Messiah which the Hebrew people were waiting for and expecting. Up until this time the closest thing we have to the name of the Messiah were the words which the prophet Isaiah spoke in the ninth chapter of the prophetic book bearing his name. It wouldn’t be until the angel Gabriel appeared first unto Mary, and second unto Joseph that we would finally learn the name of the Messiah. Pause and consider the reality for for the longest time there was an expectation and anticipation surrounding the Messiah, yet there wouldn’t be any mention of the name of the Messiah until the angel Gabriel appeared unto Mary, and again unto Joseph revealing the name of the Messiah. I have to admit that as I read this passage this morning I can’t help but be struck with how precious that name is to you within your life right now. When you approach a passage like this and find Mary and Joseph naming the child Jesus, and when you consider the previous passages concerning the angelic declaration concerning the name of the child being Jesus, and even the account of the apostle Matthew concerning them naming the child Jesus, what thoughts and what emotions fill and flood your heart, your soul and your mind? Are you utterly and completely ;captivated by the awesome and tremendous reality of the name of Jesus? The apostle Paul emphatically declared that at the name of Jesus every knee would bow, and every tongue would confess, and yet I can’t help but wonder what it was like when the Messiah who had been long awaited and long expected would finally be realized and finally mentioned. For centuries there was an expectation and anticipation concerning and surrounding the arrival of the Messiah, and yet now we finally find the name of the Messiah being revealed. I can’t help but wonder what it was like for Mary and Joseph to hear the angel Gabriel speak forth the name of the Messiah who was to be born unto Mary in the earth. What was it like when the Virgin Mary heard the angel Gabriel speak unto her concerning the birth of this child, and then heard the name of the child for the very first time? What was it like for Joseph as he experienced the angel Gabriel appearing unto him in a dream by night and revealing unto him the name of the long awaited Messiah? What was it like when they came together and first named the name of Jesus in the privacy of their home? What was it like to sit inside their home—perhaps by night under the stars, and by the fire—as they talked about and discussed the child, and began speaking for the name of the child to each other? The name of Jesus was first mentioned by the angel Gabriel, but once the angel had appeared unto and spoken unto Mary and Joseph, they began speaking forth the name of Jesus. Oh how absolutely wonderful it must have been to not only think about, but to also speak forth the name of this child who would be born the long awaited and long expected Messiah of the Jewish people.
NAMING THE NAME OF JESUS! Mary and Joseph were the first individuals within and upon the earth to begin to speak of and to name the name of Jesus, but eventually that name would become synonymous with cries for help and appeals for mercy. Eventually the name which was spoken first by the angel Gabriel unto Mary and Joseph would be spoken of by countless men and women as they would call upon the name of Jesus to hear their cries and meet the needs within their lives. What would at first simply be the name of the child which was to be born would eventually culminate into the awesome and incredible reality of a name which men and women would call upon from their distress, from their place of hopelessness, from their place of need, from their place of lack, and from their place of want. Oh, when I read and consider the words which are written and recorded in this passage of Scripture I can’t help but be absolutely captivated with and by the name of Jesus, for finally after centuries of waiting the Messiah was coming—and not only would the Messiah be coming, but the Messiah would also get a name. WHEN THE MESSIAH GETS HIS NAME! There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus had this name before the foundation of the world, and that during the countless centuries and millennia under the Old Covenant every prophetic word concerning the Messiah would be spoken concerning one whose name was in fact Jesus. It wouldn’t be until the angel Gabriel appeared unto Mary, and then appeared unto Joseph that we learn the name of the Messiah, and first encounter the name of Jesus. I am completely and utterly convinced that we need to get a fresh and new perspective of the name of Jesus, and need to be brought to a place of awe, and wonder, and splendor concerning the name of Jesus—the name which at the very mention of it, every knee bows, every tongue confesses, and demons tremble and shudder in fear and dread. In this passage of Scripture we find the name of the child being given unto Him—not according to the will and desire of Mary and Joseph, but according to the divine will of the Father as expressed through and by the angel Gabriel. Oh dear brother, oh dear sister—what happens when you hear the name of Jesus? What happens within your heart when you hear the name of Jesus? What happens within your soul and spirit when you hear the name of Jesus? What thoughts, what emotions, what feelings fill and flood your heart when you hear the name of Jesus spoken—whether by yourself, or whether by others? What does the name of Jesus truly mean to you? What does the name of Jesus do within your heart and within your spirit when it rolls off your tongue? I can’t help but be reminded of the words which the apostle Paul wrote in the twelfth chapter of the first epistle which was written unto the Corinthian saints beginning with the first verse. I leave you with these words in order that you might not only encounter the name of Jesus afresh and anew, but also that you might encounter the very Spirit of the living God. I also leave you with words to an incredibly powerful song which was written and performed by contemporary gospel recording artist Martha Munizzi:
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost” (1 Corinthians 12:1-3).
“And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:16-20).
“Something about the name. There is power in the name of Jesus. There is healing in that name, there is victory in the name of Jesus. All you need to do is just call on His name. In your time of trouble just reach out and say that name. The sweet name of Jesus. Say the name of Jesus. Say the name of Jesus. Say the name of Jesus, no other name I know. Say the name of Jesus, say the name of Jesus. Say the name of Jesus, no other name I know. That can calm your fears, and dry your tears, and wipe away your pain. When you don’t know what else to pray, when you don’t know what else to say. Say the name Jesus, Jesus. Jesus, Jesus. Jesus, Jesus. Jesus, Jesus. He’s gonna make aw way when you say…When you don’t know what else to pray. When you don’t know what else to say. When you can’t make it through another day, say the name. Jesus, there’s something about the name of Jesus. Jesus, there’s healing in that name of Jesus. Jesus, there’s deliverance in the name of Jesus. Jesus, my savior is Jesus. Jesus he sticks closer, closer than any brother. Jesus, he’s a friend like no other. Jesus, what a friend we have in Jesus. Jesus, He’s gonna make a way when you say Jesus. Oh Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”