When we say “Amen” we express agreement with what has just been said in prayer or sung in song. “Amen” can be offered to express agreement with a statement or point of view. “Amen” means, “Yes, it shall be so. Yes, I certainly agree.”
On the very last page of Scripture, among the final words to be found in God’s revealed Word, is the word “Amen.” “The one who testifies about these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20 EHV)
This little word connects us to believers in both Old and New Testaments. The Psalms are filled with examples of “Amen” highlighting believers’ assent and praise of God’s mighty works. Throughout the New Testament, in the writings of Peter, Paul, and John, “Amen” finds abundant use. Even today, when we gather with other believers for worship and prayer (both at home and at church), we connect with one another through the use of “Amen.”
For Christians, “Amen” is a word of faith. Jesus testifies about the gift of free grace through his death and resurrection? Amen to that! Jesus promises he will return soon? Amen to that! Daily, we offer this fervent prayer for our Lord’s return, “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Daily, we seek to order our lives and engage in priorities that match the urgency, priority, and joy expressed here.
Faith gets this. Faith is ready. “Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 EHV) While we wait for his return, we have access to many promises Jesus has made, including:
- I am always with you.
- I will never leave you or forsake you.
- I will provide for all your needs.
- I will make all things work out for your good.
- Your loved ones, spread throughout the country and the world – I’m holding them in the palm of my hand.
- Your loved ones who’ve died in faith, they’re safe with me.
- I have a place in heaven waiting for you.
As the risen Jesus once said to a doubting Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29a, EHV) He was speaking about you, and he still speaks to you, who believe without seeing.
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand