The Christian faith is not a privately held religious belief. As if we could fold up the greatest news which has ever occurred upon this planet, stuff it in our coat pocket & go whistling along as if nothing has happened. Christ is the great fork in the road of history.
You don’t get to ignore Him, or go around Him, or avoid Him. He is the immovable fact which must be reckoned with. He came to mankind, and you must either fling wide the gates, or bar them in stubborn unbelief. Christ entered Jerusalem, the City of David, to assert His right to earth’s throne. And then He won it by dying the death which you deserved.
Thus, the question that is perpetually before each of us is this: what have I done about Jesus? You either cling to Him in faith, fleeing from all your sin and unbelief in so doing. Or else you have determined to live in the house of mirrors which is your unbelieving pride. To pretend as if Christ didn’t enter Jerusalem to take up the Kingship of the World which was promised to His father David, and which he obtained by His blood, is to admit yourself into the madhouse.
While Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem has global & eternal significance, each individual must look this truth in the face. You either live in the peace of Christ’s Kingdom, or in the madness of pretending that the blood-thirsty demons of paganism still run this place.
Sin is trying to create a world, out of nothing, where you are in charge, & where Christ isn’t King. But this is insanity. So, repenting from your sins is admitting that you’ve embraced the crazed lies of Satan, turning from that lunacy, & then walking in the clear light of Christ’s Kingdom.
We live in a world which is filled with madness, chaos, and confusion because it is insanely attempting to go back to darkness. But Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is David’s promised heir, the One who would eternally sit upon the throne of the earth, judging righteously. Our sins are pretentious attempts to live as if the Son isn’t King. We’ve despaired and envied. We’ve lusted and lied. We’ve been anxious, proud, and lazy. All these sins are lame attempts to live in the daydream, instead of living in the light and life of Jesus Christ, the ever-living Son of David.
The world tempts you with insane words about “trying harder”, “doing better”, “trusting yourself”. Confession, however, is the act of coming into the Light of the sanity of Christ’s kingdom of peace. All sin is insanity, but confession is walking in the truth, walking in reality, walking in the Kingdom of Christ. The Gospel speaks a clear word of sanity: your sins are forgiven through Christ.