FLETCH: Revealing and Redeeming
Most Sundays I get the chance to lead our congregation in a particular part of the service called “Confession of Sin and Assurance of Forgiveness.” I usually say something about how this is the time where we get to be honest with God about what we’ve been doing with our lives, how we have fallen short of His best for us and how we have rebelled against a Holy and righteous God.
Some people, including myself, don’t like to think about all the “bad” stuff that they have done. “It’s too negative and reminds me that I am not as good as I think I am.” However, in my mind, our confession of sin is actually quite “freeing.” Jesus tells us that sin enslaves us. In John 8:34, Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” Sin traps us and holds us down, sin binds our hearts to false idols. When we keep our sin bottled up inside us then we feel guilty, we feel fake, we feel trapped. But think about a time when you had done something wrong. You kept it to yourself but you felt horrible. Finally, the truth came out about what you had done. Wasn’t there a sense of relief that you didn’t have to keep this secret anymore? What had been hidden was now revealed and somehow it felt freeing. This is the gospel… We all have sin hidden in our hearts. We confess our sin, feel sorry over it, desire to turn away from it and turn back to God through Jesus. Jesus died to forgive us our sins so that we could be set free. Here is what Romans 6:6-8 says, “We know that our old self [sinful self] was crucified with him [Jesus Christ] in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.”
Jesus and his work on the cross redeem us from our sin. The familiar phrase is true, “Jesus saves.” The truth of the gospel is that I no longer have to hide my sin, I can reveal it. But also, I don’t have to be afraid of being punished for my sin either because Jesus took the punishment upon himself and has redeemed me.
The gospel is about revealing and redeeming. Don’t be afraid to reveal your sin to God, for He is also your Redeemer. I am praying that today you will see what freedom and joy the gospel can bring into your life.
All for Jesus,