There is no J in my surname. It ends with a ‘short e.’ This modifies the vowel before (Y) so it doesn’t sound like I in bIt, but sounds like an AY as in bAY. So you see, my surname really ends in a souped-up Y.
The problem is there is no equivalent of a ‘short e’ in English. There is in Polish – and the letter J is used. This is where the letter J came from at the end of the surname.
But, there is no J sound in Polish. In fact to make a J sound, you have to run together a D with a Z, if I remember correctly, with a dot-on-top. D sounds like a D, but the Z is the sound a masonry bit makes when drilling into brick. Add D and a Drill Sound, and you get a J!
On the front of Jesus, I suspect the J should really be pronounced ‘EEEE’ and the E in Jesus pronounced ‘E’ as in Egg. Give it a try. So, the J there is really a means of modifying the vowel that follows it.
God says he will change our names. The song below (check out the guys name who sings it!) explains how God changes the labels we have been given, or even that we give ourselves.
God’s name was, in the Old Testament, recorded without vowels as a sign of utter respect. But Jesus is full of vowels, a sign of God’s giving himself to us completely. To have his name.
And here’s where I want to finish. I think the name of Jesus is given to us like a whole boxful of modifying vowels – the Holy Spirit fills us up and brings change everywhere, renewing what there is and making it different. We need to ensure we let the modifications resound!