cropped-rose-4.gifJohn 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”

Romans 10:13, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”

I would like to share with you a hymn written by Charles H. Gabriel, who was born August 18, 1856 in Wilton, Iowa. Growing up on an Iowa farm, Gabriel taught himself to play the family’s reed organ. He began teaching in singing schools by age 16, and became well known as a teacher and composer. He served as music director at Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California (1890-1982), then moved to Chicago, Illinois. In 1912 he began working with Homer Rodeheaver’s publishing company. He died on September 15, 1932 in Los Angeles, California.

My beloved, this is a great hymn that speaks of the only Person who can save us from our sin. A hymn that tells us how He feels our pain and suffering, because He Himself has suffered, and no one can comfort us like He can, when our heart is breaking. I trust you will let the words to this encouraging hymn penetrate you entire being, and may it speak to your heart, mind and soul. Enjoy!

– Jesus, Blessed Jesus –

There’s One Who can comfort when all else fails,
Jesus, blessed Jesus;
A Savior Who saves tho’ the foe assails,
Jesus, blessed Jesus:
Once He traveled the way we go,
Felt the pangs of deceit and woe;
Who more perfectly then can know,
Than Jesus, blessed Jesus?

He heareth the cry of the soul distressed,
Jesus, blessed Jesus;
He healeth the wounded, He giveth rest,
Jesus, blessed Jesus:
When from loved ones we’re called to part,
When the tears in our anguish start,
None can comfort the breaking heart,
Like Jesus, blessed Jesus.

He never forsakes in the darkest hour,
Jesus, blessed Jesus;
His arm is around us with keeping pow’r,
Jesus, blessed Jesus:
When we enter the Shadowland,
When at Jordan we trembling stand,
He will meet us with outstretched hand,
This Jesus, blessed Jesus.

What joy it will be when we see His face,
Jesus, blessed Jesus;
Forever to sing of His love and grace,
Jesus, blessed Jesus:
There at home on that shining shore,
With the loved ones gone on before,
We will praise Him forevermore,
Our Jesus, blessed Jesus.

Further thoughts:

Names are important. Parents may spend months researching and deciding on the perfect name for their baby. Often the final decision is based on its sound, uniqueness, or meaning. One woman changed her name because she disliked her original name. She mistakenly believed that changing it could alter her destiny. That’s not likely, but for those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior and are from that time on identified by His name, a radical transformation does take place.

My beloved, there is a powerful significance attached to the name of Jesus. The apostles performed miracles (Acts 3:6-7, 16; Acts 4:10) and cast out demons in His name (Luke 10:17). They spoke and taught in the name of Jesus. They baptized believers in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38), and it is only through the name of Jesus that we can gain access to the Father (Acts 4:12).

For a born-again believer in Christ, the name above all other names is Jesus. The angelic messenger announced, “You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Jesus’ name has become the most exalted and meaningful name on earth and in heaven. What’s in that name? All the grace of God, all the wonder of redemption, all that we believe, and all that we are hoping for. We say it, we sing it, and adoration fills our souls. We anticipate the indescribable glory of that day when every knee will bow and every tongue, by glad choice or by divine constraint, will praise that highest and holiest of all names – Jesus!

The name of Jesus is profanity to the sinner but heaven’s password to the Saint.