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The Amen

April 21, 2014

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The Amen

Jesus is called  The Amen.     Amen  is so much more  than the end  of a prayer.     “Amen”  means “so be it”  —  something firm and trustworthy  —  in very truth  —  truly.     In Hebrew  it refers  to something fixed firmly,  like a covenant.     It is for certain  and most sure.

When Jesus  is called  “The Amen”,  it is being emphasized  that absolutely everything  He is  —  has done  —  and has promised to do  is firmly set  in place  and is most trustworthy.     Jesus is  God’s covenant  with us.     What Jesus is  to us  as our Redeemer  and Savior  is so certain  and so sure  that nobody has a right  to imagine  anything different.

Even though people don’t  have a right  to think poorly  of Jesus  and His power  to save us  from the eternal consequences  of our sins,  they do.     They may imagine  that they  are getting away  with their disrespectful thoughts,  but they aren’t.     To show us that,  our Lord  had John write seven letters  to seven churches  in the book  of Revelation.     The letter  to the church  in Laodicea  is in Revelation 3:14-22.     Because these people were rich,  they no longer felt a need  for a Savior.     With all their wealth,  they were getting along  just fine,  all by themselves  —  or so they thought.

So,  Jesus’ letter  to such people  starts out  in Revelation 3:14-16  by saying,

The Amen,  the faithful  and true Witness,  the Beginning  of the creation  of God,  says this:

I know your deeds,  that you are neither cold  nor hot;  I would that you were cold  or hot.     So because you are lukewarm,  and neither hot  nor cold,  I will spit you out  of My mouth…….

These people were supposedly Christians.     After all,  they were church members.     They had everything money  could buy  —  but,  in their spiritual lives  they were  “wretched  and miserable  and poor  and blind  and naked,”  according to their Lord  and Creator.     So,  Jesus reminded them  that He is  “The Amen”.     All that Jesus did  for us  on the cross  is the one-and-only firm  and most trustworthy covenant  that leads us  to eternal life  —  a life  of close fellowship  with our Creator  and Redeemer.

All the stuff  that people accumulate  on this earth  —  all their riches  and accomplishments  —  will rot.     Earthly riches  are worthless.     No matter how rich we are  on earth,  without the sure covenant  of Jesus  as our Redeemer,  we are shamefully poor  and naked.     In all  of our thoughtless waywardness  and shamefulness,  Jesus still  lovingly  and firmly  asks us  to repent  and turn back  to Him.     Jesus wants us  to stop being  “lukewarm”  in our faith.     We need  to live according  to the truths  of our situation  in life.

As our sure  and faithful  “Amen”,  Jesus promises  to accept us back  when we turn  to him.     He still desires  to have  a wonderful fellowship  with us.     Who could ask  for more?

Hearing Jesus knock  at our heart’s door,  we gain hope  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for being  our sure covenant  of pure grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Glory in His holy name;

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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