Amen. It’s True.
Jesus is the Amen of God.
The word amen has an interesting history. Its usage in the church is curious, to say the least. To some it has become nothing more than banter for a religious pep rally. It’s more than that.
Amen is one of the few Hebrew words to evade translation when used by the New Testament authors. The word amen is a simple affirmation of truth. Interestingly, of the nearly 160 times it is used in the Bible (30 in OT and 129 in the NT), it is mainly heard from the lips of Christ (99 times to be exact).
And in an uncommon way at that. Perhaps this is why Luke illustrates some of the few times the word is translated, resulting in Christ’s sayings beginning with the words “truly, truly,” instead of “amen, amen.” Whereas, we respond to statements about God with an amen, Jesus often introduced his teaching with amen.
We respond to truth. He is Truth.
The apostle Paul says that Jesus has come as a servant to the Jews to show God’s truthfulness, to confirm his promises, and to advance his glory (Romans 15: 8-9). In his second letter to the Corinthians he says, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
It should not surprise us that greatest worship scene in the New Testament found in Revelation results in those around the throne of God declaring, “Amen!” (Revelation 5:15). Furthermore, it should not surprise us that it is the final word penned in the New Testament cannon, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.”
While amen was often the first word of Jesus’ discourse, it will be our final and eternal word of response to him.
God has come to rescue and redeem his creation.
This is the gospel.
It is true.
Of this we need not be ashamed.