Can I Get an Amen?
I have just returned from seeing Handel’s Messiah with my wife, children, and mother. I have had the opportunity to attend the Nashville Symphony’s production each year since they Schermerhorn Center opened. Going to this concert has become one of my favorite things about this season. I also have a recording of the Messiah on my iPod, and I like to listen to it year round.
I have my favorite parts. I’m especially fond of the tenor solos, and the Isaiah texts generally. The Hallelujah Chorus is, of course, a highlight. At this point in my life, my favorite bit is the final chorus entitled "Worthy is the Lamb." It is taken from Revelation 12, and it says:
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. Amen.”
While it takes a second or two to read those words, it takes a great deal longer to sing them. The Amens by themselves go on for quite some time. Tonight, my daughter Ella’s first question after the concert was “how many times did they say ‘Amen’?”
The Amens are my favorite part. Musically they are great, though that is not why I love them so much. I love them because they tell me that Heaven itself says “Amen.” In other words, there is a final word to all that is taking place on earth, and that word belongs to God and to his people. Amen means that everything will come to a conclusion, that all that has gone before will be summed up. The eternal purpose of my life will be made known, and that purpose will rest entirely in the grace of Christ.
Right now, I need an Amen. I need a conclusion to my concerns, my worries, my questions. I need God to have the final word on all that I am going through, both the good and the bad. I need my mind and heart to be reordered so that I can look into the Heavenly Throne Room and see the angels and people of God giving him glory and honor. I want my eyes off of myself and on Christ. I want to join with the four living creatures and sing a great ‘AMEN’ to those praises.
May God grant me and you an Advent in which we catch a glimpse of that Amen. May he open our hearts and minds and eyes and ears so that we may see that this Amen is coming in the future, and that it happening even now. Our God reigns now, and he will reign forever and ever. Amen.
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