THE BIG “YES” OF CHRISTIANITY
“As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we preached among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No; but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why we utter the Amen through him, to the glory of God.” (2 Cor 1: 18-20)
Here St. Paul says that “God is faithful,” and that the Gospel of His Son, Jesus Christ, is “always Yes.” So let me ask: To whom is God faithful, and to what or to whom does He say “Yes”?
To us. The whole business of God sending His Son to us, into our history, and into our shoes, into our humanity, is a big Yes to the human being, including me. And my Christian life, based on God’s big Yes to me, is primarily about my daily Yes to Him; it’s about my, and our communal, “Amen” to His Yes. It’s not primarily about being “against” someone or something. But a modern-day, popular misconception about the Church is that it is all about “No” to this or that, probably because today we, as Christians, spend far more time in the public arena being “against” things, rather than “for” God and His undying Yes to us.
Be that as it may, let me say Yes to God this morning, and let me “utter the Amen through Christ, to the glory of God.” Let me affirm and nurture my faith, immersing myself, just a bit, in the big Yes of His word, and in prayerful connection with Him. O Lord, Jesus Christ, our “Amen,” and our “faithful and true witness” (Rev 3: 14), teach me to be more like You today, – more of a Yes, and less of a No. Amen!