These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. (Revelation 3:14b, NIV)
It has become automatic for many, to end a prayer with Amen, or to repeat the word Amen after another concludes their prayer. We often do it without thought. It is the simple things in life, the things to which we are constantly exposed that can lose meaning. We take them for granted and never pause to consider why we do it or what it means.
Jesus declaring Himself the Amen is easy to read over and miss. But the word “Amen” holds, like all the Names of Jesus, significance. No names are given by accident! The word amen has been carried over from ancient Hebrew to Greek to English, and many other languages. In most languages, there is no translation for the word amen.
Amen means to confirm, establish, or support. It expresses the desire to see that God’s will be done. Amen means firm and faithful.
Jesus is the Amen because He is in constant agreement with God. After all, He is God. He confirms the will of God, fulfilling God’s promise. Jesus always placed the will of God above His own desires. He remained faithful to God His Father, even to His death. As the Amen, to us, Jesus is the firm foundation on which we can build our faith. He offers hope for an eternal life with Him and His Father.
So what does this mean for us? When we say amen, it can be in agreement with others. It can also be to express your desire for God’s will in your life. How often do you say Amen? Do you mean it? Are you seeking God’s will? Are you seeking to have your life align with God’s will?
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