Tuesday, March 31
Scripture: Judges 11-12, Psalm 50, 2 Corinthians 1
2 Corinthians 1:17–20 You may be asking why I changed my plan. Do you think I make my plans carelessly? Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”? 18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” 19 For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.
Paul explains to the Corinthians his change of plans for visiting them—and then defends himself. He doesn’t make plans carelessly nor is he disingenuous. He is not a vacillator, someone who says “Yes when they really mean No.” He had good reasons for canceling his visit (he gives those later).
In typical Pauline fashion, he relates it back to Jesus! His “Yes” means yes because that’s the character of Jesus—and that character is being formed in Paul. He goes on a beautiful theological riff (this guy is the Jimi Hendrix of theologians) on Jesus being God’s ultimate Yes! He always does what He says. All of God’s promises are fulfilled in Christ with a resounding Yes!
Think of God’s promises—then remember that every one is Yes in Jesus!
- Does God love you? Jesus is God’s Yes.
- Will God forgive you? Jesus is God’s Yes.
- Will God save you? Jesus is God’s Yes.
- Will God take you to heaven? Jesus is God’s Yes.
- Will God provide and care for you? Jesus is God’s Yes.
- Will God give you life to the full, now and forever? Jesus is God’s Yes.
- Can we live confidently, fearlessly, joyfully? Jesus is God’s Yes.
Our Amen (which means Yes!) ascends to the glory of God!
I will do two things today.
First, I will rejoice all day long in God’s promises which are all Yes in Jesus.
Second, I will, like Paul, be someone who says Yes to others and means it. I want my default answer to be Yes. (Sometimes I have to say no…but I want that to be the exception not the rule.). And as Jesus said, I will let my yes be yes—like Jesus, I will do what I say.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for being God’s ultimate Yes! Form your Yes character in me!