Author Karl Menninger narrated the story in one of his books about the time Thomas Jefferson and his party was taking a cross country ride. When they came to cross a river there was a stranger there who was unaware that this was the presidential party. And so he looked at President Jefferson and asked him if he would give him a lift to the other side. The president did, and when they got to the other side, one of the president’s men asked the stranger, “How did you know to pick the president to carry you to the opposite bank?” “The President?”, the man answered. “I didn’t know he was the president. All I know is that on some of the faces is written the answer “no” and on some faces is written the answer “yes.” His was a ‘yes’ face.
In today’s lesson in 2 Samuel, Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth, will be brought to David’s palace not knowing his fate. But when he looks at the king, he will immediately know he is looking at a “yes” face. He will be looking at the face of a man who wants to show him amazing grace!
When you look at Jesus you are looking at the quintessential “yes” face. That’s why Paul could say in 1 Corinthians 1:20, that in Jesus Christ all the promises of God are “Yes and Amen!” That means that when we look into the eyes of Jesus, we are not looking at eyes full of condemnation and anger, no, we are looking at eyes full of love and amazing grace!!!