It feels a little strange to consider the word “confess” in Advent. That is a word seemingly more appropriate for Lent, which is the traditional Christian season for self-reflection and repentance. Lent, not Advent, is usually the season where we focus on confessing our sins. That being said, any time is a good time to confess and to repent – to turn away from that which separates us from God and to turn toward God.
During Advent, I tend to consider a different meaning of the word “confess.” I think about what it means to “confess” Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I realize that the “Lord and Savior” language is not language we frequently use at Westminster. However, as we prepare for the birth of the Christ child, it is helpful to reflect on what it means that this baby is our Lord and Savior. For me, Jesus as Lord means that it is Jesus to whom I give my loyalty. Not a king (as was common in Jesus’ time), or an elected official, or someone else in power, but Jesus.
Jesus as Savior reminds me that Jesus saves me from SO many of things. What a mess I would be without Jesus! I am saved from selfishness, from greed, from hatred, from envy … the list goes on and on and on. I certainly have not been able to rid these from my life, but when I find myself turning down one of these roads that leads me away from God, Jesus saves me again and again. Jesus turns me back to God.
Yes, I do confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, and I am grateful each and every day that he was born into my life. Thanks be to God.