Through Christ, the Yes Is Possible
Written by: Brianna Williamson
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For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
- 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NLT)
Usually we see this word at the end and not at the beginning, right?! It is said so often at the end of prayers but to be honest, for the longest time I said it without even knowing what it really meant. In the above verse we are let in on the fact that Amen means yes. It is a strong affirmation and agreement with what has just been said.
In the first chapter of the Book of Second Corinthians, Paul talks about yeses. He has to break the news to the people of Corinth that he is not going to be able to visit them like he had planned. He tells them that there is good reason why he is not coming back. In his explanation of this, he shares an important truth about Christ.
It is only through Christ that God is able to say yes to the things he has promised and that we are able to say yes right back to Him. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
All the things God has promised us have been able to come to pass only through Christ. Jesus was part of the plan from the beginning and this plan was always meant to be.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” - John 1:1-3
Jesus is referred to as "the Word" by John in this passage because, as God the Father spoke creation into existence, it was through Him, God the Son, that all things were created. Jesus, who is God, later came into the world as a man to restore our relationship with Him and forgive us of all our sins. Because of this, Jesus is the film or layer that covers us so when God looks at us he is able to see us as righteous.
In the Old Testament, the first half of the Bible which tells of things that happened before Jesus’ birth, we find the story of the first Passover. God spoke to Moses, leader of the Isrealite people, God’s people, and told him to have his people prepare.
“Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe.”
- Exodus 12:21-22
The Isrealites had been enslaved in Egypt and many in the country worshipped idols and false gods. God had had enough! He was going to bring judgement on Egypt. In order for God’s wrath to be able to “pass over” His people, the Israelites, they needed a sacrifice and a covering of blood.
Jesus is our covering. His perfect sacrifice and shedding of blood on the cross blankets us and allows us to stay connected to our Father. Because of Jesus, God can look at us and say “Yes!” and we can look right back and say “Amen”!!
1. What is one thing that you feel hung up on lately; a bad decision, mistake, or habit you are trying to change?
2. Take a minute to present that thing to God through prayer, remembering how loving and understanding God is and that you are covered by the blood of Jesus.
Lord, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice. I could never fully understand the depths of Your love! Though there are times where I get bogged down in the things of this world, help me remember to spend time with you and to look towards You saying Amen.
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