A Note from Pastor Wood

Jesus says, “So everyone who acknowledges me before me, I also will acknowledge before my father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”

When we hear the word confess we are probably quick to think about the act of confessing one’s sins during worship or privately to a pastor or Christian brother or sister. One of the dictionary definition of Confess is this, “To acknowledge one’s belief or faith in; declare adherence to.” This is the type of confession Jesus is talking about in our Gospel Lesson for this morning.

Today, June 25, 2017 is the 487th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. This day can be considered the beginning of the Lutheran Church. In Augsburg, Germany several Lutheran princes stood before Charles V, the Holy Roman emperor and confessed before men their Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel of the Reign of God. The public confession could have gotten them killed. It had gotten others killed. It was, nevertheless, important to proclaim and confess the truth of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ his Son.

To this day Timothy and Concordia publicly and boldly make the same confession. In the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod all pastors publicly proclaim and promise: “Do you confess the Unaltered Augsburg Confession to be a true exposition of Holy Scripture and da correct exhibition of the doctrine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church?...” And the candidate replies, “Yes I make these Confessions my own because the are in accord with the Word of God.”

But, you don’t need to be a pastor to make a public confession. Every week we also make a public confession when we worship together. We publicly confess the truth about us, that is we are sinful. We publicly confess the Creeds as part of our worship. When we gather to receive the Sacrament Paul tells us, “As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” Eating and Drinking is a public confession that you are making about the life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised return of Jesus Christ. And your make it with every person with whom you commune.

Something more important that our confession happens during the Divine Service as well. That is Christ’s confession of us. We come humbly confessing our sins and Jesus in his great power confesses the truth of his promise of forgiveness life and salvation. We proclaim the truth of the creed. The Trinity is at work confessing and proclaiming the truth of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit into our hearts. We confess the Lord’s Death until he comes. He confesses us before the Heavenly Father by pouring out his righteousness for us to eat and drink in his truly physically present body and blood in the bread and wine.                                                                                                         Pastor Wood