The Other Six
For the Week of March 30 – April 4
Monday – GO STRAIGHT TO GOD?
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
The other day the Pope made a monumental decree. In light of the restrictions we are currently under due to the coronavirus, he had been asked by Catholic parishioners what they should do since they cannot visit a priest for confession. His response?
“It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, ‘Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,’ and ask for pardon with all your heart.”
This is much like what Lutherans and Protestants have been saying since the reformation. In fact, this was an important point of the reformation. The mediator between people and God is not a priest, it’s Christ, Himself!
We can go directly to God as His children, confess our sins, know that He hears us and forgives us. What a wonderful gift from God!
Don’t misunderstand me. Confession to a pastor or priest can be a wonderful thing. While we don’t do it as much, the Lutheran Church also practices personal confession with a pastor; however, we don’t require it or even give the impression that it’s required. It’s there for those who desire the additional assurance of forgiveness by hearing it from a pastor.
It Is Very Clear
The Pope said, “It’s very clear.” He was referring to the Catholic Catechism, but I would say that it’s very clear in the Scriptures! We have one mediator, Christ Jesus. You can go to Him any time of day lay the burden of your sin down before His cross. Then go on unburdened, knowing you are forgiven and loved. Amen!!
Thank You for welcoming me before Your throne. Thank You for bidding me to come and for promising to hear and forgive my sins. Hear me now as I pray…
(Confess your sins)