…and all God’s people said: Amen!
One of the most common sayings on a Sunday morning. It can follow a prayer, a song, or a particularly powerful sentence or scripture. Each week the halls of every building that the church, the living and breathing people of God on a journey, gathers will ring out with this two-syllable word. It is the reassuring affirmation that spans generations and languages.
The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon
Strong’s Number: 281
- at the beginning of a sentence: surely, truly, of a truth
- at the end of a sentence:
- so be it, may it be fulfilled
- a way of making a statement or proclamation one’s own
Jesus has a way of grasping His audiences attention. He began sentences with a statement of truth, an Amen focus. A deeply rooted truth that was meant to teach those present about the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18, NAS Emphasis Mine)
The Worship, the true biblical approach to giving everything that we do and say to God in reverence of what He has done for us, of God’s people is the resounding Amen to the Word, the truth, of God. It is our way of affirming everything that God has done, is doing, and will do in and around His people.
“He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21, NAS Emphasis Mine)
The last word recorded in the New Testament, from the book of Revelation written by John, is Amen. Think about that for a second. Let the reality sink in. The final sentence of God’s divinely inspired collection of eye-witness accounts is the proclamation of truth and affirmation that one day Christ will return and restore creation to it’s original sinless state. (If there was any time for a shout or a cry of Amen and applause to erupt, it was there! – John nailed it!)
When we say Amen to the work of God in Christ we make His victory our own. When we say Amen to call of God to live our lives in honor of Him we make His ministry our own. When we say Amen to the living power of Holy Spirit the world stops and takes notice! God meets us where we are and gives us the opportunity to respond with a resounding Amen, and when we do we clothe ourselves with righteousness and reflect His love, grace, and truth.
Make your worship an Amen from this day forward!