Can You Say, Amen?”

By August 4, 2017Uncategorized

And He came to Nazareth where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.  And the Book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.  He opened the Book and found the place where it is written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He appointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”  And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of the synagogue were upon Him.  And He said to them, “Today, the scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:17-21).  The room was strangely silent.  Not a voice, not a word, only silence.

In the Book of Deuteronomy we find that anytime the Torah was spoken, and later on when the word of the prophets was given, the people were instructed to give the affirmation of “Amen.”  Amen was more than an affirmation, it also meant, “So be it” or, “It shall be.”  Jesus listened for an affirmation, but not one “amen” could be heard.  His mother Mary was probably there, but women were not allowed to speak.  His brothers were probably there, but they did not believe He was the Messiah until they saw the resurrected Jesus.  People were all around, but for our Lord Jesus, it was one of the loneliest moments of His life.  Had I been present, would I have broken the silence, or would I have been afraid of the naysayers and doubting Thomas’s who began to say, “Is this not the son of Mary?  Are not his brothers and sisters here with us?”

Take a moment to kneel and thank God for His goodness, for His tender mercies and unmerited grace.  Say unto Him, “Amen, Amen, and Amen!”