June 08, 2013
Written by Daniel Hazard

Martin B. Copenhaver

"In Jesus every one of God's promises is a 'Yes.'  For this reason it is through him that we say the 'Amen,' to the glory of God." Excerpt from 2 Corinthians 1:15-22

A while back I was asked to summarize the Gospel in seven words or less.  Here is what I came up with:  "God gets the last word."

If I were asked to summarize the Gospel in just one word, however, it would be the word "Yes."   The Apostle Paul affirmed that, in Jesus, "it is always 'Yes.'  For in him every one of God's promises is a 'Yes.'"

There is a famous book on negotiation called, Getting to Yes.  That could be the title for the Gospel story as well because, in Jesus, God always gets to yes.

During his lifetime the human family used every way we knew to say "No" to Jesus.  We rejected him, betrayed him, denied him, killed him.  And yet, in the resurrection, God would not take our "No" for an answer.  Before and after and under our definite "No" is God's triumphant "Yes."

Or as poet Wallace Stevens wrote, "After the final no there comes a yes, and on that yes the future world depends."

So, God gets the last word.  And that last word is "Yes."


I thank you God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;
and for everything
which is natural
which is infinite which is yes.
(e.e. cummings)

About the Author
Martin B. Copenhaver is Senior Pastor of Village Church, United Church of Christ, in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A new edition of his book, Living Faith While Holding Doubts will be published this month by Pilgrim Press.

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