‘The Amen.’ Revelation 3:14
Suggested Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:18–22
Jesus Christ is yea and Amen in all his offices. He was a priest to pardon and cleanse once; he is Amen as priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for his people, and to defend them with his mighty arm; he is an Amen King, the same still. He was a prophet of old to foretell good things to come; his lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still—he is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of his blood:-
‘Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood
Shall never lose its power.’
He is Amen as to his righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every single title which he bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Head, the neck never being dislocated; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death’s dark vale; your help and your deliverer; your castle and your high tower; the horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and Amen in all. He is Amen with regard to his person. He is still faithful and true, immutably the same. Not less than God! No furrows on that eternal brow—no palsy in that mighty arm—no faintness in that Almighty heart—no lack of fulness in his all-sufficiency—no diminution in the keenness of his eye—no defalcation [shortcoming] in the purpose of his heart. Omnipotent, unchangeable, eternal, omnipresent still! God over all, blessed for ever. O Jesus, we adore thee, thou great Amen. He is the same, too, as to his manhood. Bone of our bone still; in all our afflictions still afflicted. Our brother in ties of blood as much today as when he wore a peasant’s garb.
For meditation: It is customary to honour other people with ‘three cheers’. Our Amen God is worthy of much more; the psalmists glorify him in a manner befitting his Amen character—with three double Amens (Psalm 41:13; 72:19; 89:52).
Sermon no. 679
4 March (1866)