“Obey me,” God commanded. “No!,” replied his human image bearer. And each human answers the same; “No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web.” Isaiah 59:4ff.
Jesus, on the other hand, gave the one lone “Yes.” He was the one human yes among all other human nos.
“But will you obey me if you must be parted from the glory of heaven?” Yes.
“But will you obey me if your people will be angry with you?” Yes.
“If people hate you?” Yes.
“If your family hates you?” Yes.
“What if you must be in pain, and treated with injustice?” Yes.
“What if people speak all ill against you, and they are believed, then will you serve me?” Yes.
“What if you are innocent, found guilty by all, and killed?” Yes.
“What if you have a chance to fight your way to victory, but instead must yield to men who hate me?” Yes.
So the two agreed, and Father and Son entered into a covenant, and God himself acted: “Yahweh looked and was displeased that there was no justice. He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak,” Isaiah 59:15ff. He came in flesh, and dwelt among us, the one human yes in an ocean of human nos.
— From the Pulpit, published in the 22 June 2011 Louisburg Herald