You Cannot Hide From Jesus - So Just Confess

                Hide and Seek- a game to play and the goal is not to be found. There is excitement knowing that someone is close but not seeing us. We come out from hiding only when we think it?s safe or the game is over. We play spiritual hide and seek all the time. When we are sinning, doing things against the commandments of God, we are usually hiding them. We hide them from other people unless they are in collusion with us. In doing so, we also play hide and seek with God. We are just like Adam & Eve (Gen. 3:8). We think God does not know where we are or what we?re doing. Adam & Eve thought so when God said, ?Where are you?? (Gen. 3:9). We hide because we are ashamed. Our conscience accuses us and we would be embarrassed if others knew what we were actually doing.

Jesus has X-Ray vision. He knows our thoughts just like He knew the thoughts of the scribes today (Mt. 9:4; Lk. 5:22), the Pharisees (Mt. 12:25; Lk. 11:17), and both groups (Lk. 6:8).

Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies (Mt. 15:19). From within, out of the heart, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness (Mk. 7:21). Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed (Jn. 3:19-20). Jesus said, 46I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him?the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. (Jn. 12:16-48)

                In the future/final judgment, God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to the gospel (Rm. 2:16). The word of God is living and powerful?is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12). When the Lord comes, He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts (1Co. 4:5, Fri 6th Mt.). In the final judgment, the unrighteous and unprofitable in God?s purposes will be cast into the outer darkness (Mt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

                The antidote against divine judgment is to give up. Waive the white flag and surrender because you?re never going to win the game. We surrender through repentance and confession. We confess our sins, not because God does not know what they are. We confess our sins because we need to confront and become aware of their alienating, damaging, embarrassing, shameful, hurtful nature. However, this is done in a safe, caring, compassionate environment with the priest, a surgeon of the soul. He can give us wise and practical advice on how to remedy the pain and separation between us and God, between us and our neighbor. This spiritual healing is initiated by our confession, facilitated by the priest and fulfilled in God?s forgiveness.

                Forgiveness is a free gift. Jesus offers it to the paralytic today without any conditions. Jesus proves His power to forgive sins by miraculously healing the paralytic. However, His pronunciation does not mean the paralytics sins were actually forgiven because we do not know if he actually repented. The way to forgiveness and healing and salvation is through the gate of repentance and confession.