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 us – by me, 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. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 NIVUK
In case you have forgotten and need some reminding…
Timeless ages ago, with the formation of the world, God saw it all. He saw you, the totality of you, and he said, “Yes.”
The day you were born, the day you screamed your first scream, God let you curl your tiny fingers around his, and he said, “Yes.”
That day on the playground or in school, which wasn’t a very good day for you at all, God hugged you very tightly and said, “Yes.”
The first time your heart was broken, God wiped away the tears and said, “Yes.”
That day you first accepted Jesus as your Lord, Saviour and friend, even if you had no idea what you were doing, or knew exactly – God said, “Yes.”
And that last moment, in whichever form it comes – God will say, “Yes” – and wait for you with arms ready to be jumped into.
God has been saying “Yes” to you from the moment his Son said “Yes” to the Cross, “yes” to dying for you, for defeating death for you, for ascending for you.
God has been saying “Yes” to you for a long, long time.
So why do we act like he’s said “No”?
Tomorrow is Ascension Day. For forty days after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples. He taught them, fed them, let them stick their fingers into the wounds on his hands and side. He promised them the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He gave them the great commission – so that they would go out into the world and say “Yes” to people: “Yes, you too.”
We focus so much on the “no’s” that we forget the deafening, nothing-held-back, unequivocal YES thundered across all Scripture: Yes, these are my people, Yes, I will lead them, Yes, I will send my Son, Yes, He will arise again, Yes, Yes, Yes.
God has been saying “Yes” to us for a long, long time.
How about we say it back?
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
(Matthew 6:7-13 MSG)