God's YES

W. Terry Varner
October 21, 2012

The word YES is an interesting word. In many things we all enjoy hearing YES as a response to things and from people. It signals a request, wish, hope, or need to be met. Yet, there are times when we do not receive that desired YES because it not the best for us or it is not right. While we cannot always say YES to others, the greatest YES to man is “God’s YES.” “But as surely as God
- is faithful, our message to you is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in Him it has always been ‘Yes.’ 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” (2 Corinthians 1:18-20,
NIV).

Christ is God’s YES to all of His promises to man. The gospel of Jesus is not a message from God to man composed of “perhap,” “if,” or “maybe,” but we are assured that every pledge of God to man is fulfilled in Jesus.

When Jesus was born, the angel announced: “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS; for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Later in Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes: “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Paul writes that in the fullness of times God summed “up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in Him, 1 say” (Ephesians 1:9-10).

What are some of the YES answers found in Jesus Christ?

First, Christ is God’s YES to fulfilled prophecy. God had prophesied for centuries of the coming Messiah. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy. Jesus said, “These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, conceming Me” (Luke 24:44).

Second, Christ is God’s YES to having God as our heavenly Father. Man has always wanted to know what God is like. When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus said, “he that has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Third, Christ is God’s YES to life after death. Every known culture has some concept concerning immortality. God gave a definitive answer through Jesus that life exists after death. Jesus is called “the first fruits from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:24) assuring man there is life after death.

Fourth, Christ is God’s YES as the sacrifice for sins. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4); however, in Jesus we have this redemption. “In whom [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

Fifth, Christ is God’s YES as man’s Mediator. In courts of law, not anyone is allowed to represent people before a judge, so it is with God. God says of I-lis Son, “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 2:5).

Sixth, Christ is God’s YES to unchangeableness. Physical life consists of temporal things on earth. Spiritually described, “Jesus Christ [is] the same yesterday, and today and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Christ is unchangeable. A Christ who changes is not the Savior. There is stability in Jesus.