For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ.
And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
– II Corinthians 1:20
These words of Paul in his letter to the people of Corinth seem to jump out at me this morning. This one radical claim that all of God’s promises are “yes” in Christ is profound. I hear freedom in these words. Jesus may come to me with focus, but Jesus doesn’t come to me with chains.
He comes, instead, with an invitation to dance. He comes with an offer to spend the afternoon on the lake or taking on the adventure of visiting someone that no one wants to touch. Jesus shows up in the temple reading the prophets and then rescues the woman being shamed in the town square. He runs to the mountains and desert to get restored and then comes right back with all the love and grace people need to experience. This is a “yes” that makes sense.
If all of God’s promises are “yes” in Christ, then perhaps our desire to receive and live these promises is much closer than we imagine. Rather than a protocol, which the people already had with the Law, Jesus offers us the heart and practical “being” in the world as children of God. We’ve been invited to dance. Remember how that works? Let go of the steps and just follow the Spirit’s lead. This is an invitation we can trust.
Before I had time to set my mind on reading, the October sunrise was offering praise. I do wonder if it was some obvious way of reminding us that we’ve been invited to dance with the joy of promises being fulfilled? Just in case – I hope we can find it within our spirits today to just say “yes!”
Jesus, if you invite us to dance today, please free us up enough to say “yes” and trust however you lead. We love you! Amen.