For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us was not “Yes and no,” but in him is “Yes.” For however many are the promises of God, in him is the “Yes.” Therefore also through him is the “Amen,” to the glory of God through us.
In this second week of Pre-Lent, Sexagesima, we are presented with a view into the wonderful assurance of God.
In our gospel we see Jesus confronted by the hushed criticism of the Scribes. They were speaking to each other in whispers criticizing what Jesus was doing. They called His power and authority into question: “Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” – something that would later be part of their pretexts for His arrest and crucifixion.
Jesus confronts their whispering and conniving by showing that He had power to forgive sin by curing the incurable.
That kind of grumbling also occurred in the early Church. Paul had planned to visit Corinth, but then had changed his travel plans. Luckily in changing his itinerary he didn’t have to deal with trains and planes. What he did have to deal with though was grumbling among the Corinthians. They started to think he was fickle, couldn’t make up his mind, and that led them to question all he taught about Jesus.
It seems silly, doesn’t it? Even so, Paul confronts the grumbling, and their resulting lack of confidence head on. Paul does this in a remarkable way, not by laying out some record of all the great things he had done, the accomplishments he had on his Apostle resume, but rather by going to the source of all assurance and confidence – Jesus.
He declares the absolute yes that is in Jesus. That is the yes of God Who does not vacillate or change in His declaration to us or in His promises. In Christ is also the Amen – which beside meaning ‘so be it’ also means ‘steady’ and ‘trustworthy.’
As we continue in our Pre-Lenten journey of preparation let us be assured of the yes and amen that is in Christ Jesus who welcomes the contrite, grants grace for needed change, and who has the power to forgive. Again, let us resolve to meet Ash Wednesday and the Great Lent head-on going to the source of all assurance and confidence – Jesus – Who is ready and able to cure what we think incurable in us.