We confess our sins at the beginning of this worship service every week. This is because we know and believe that we are sinners in need of mercy and grace. But this is not just an opportunity to feel sorry for ourselves. This is not a therapeutic exercise to give you an emotional calm. This is an opportunity for you to come to Jesus. The Lord did not come for the rich, the full, or the healthy. He came to seek that which was lost. He came for the poor, the empty, and the sick and the hurting. This is why we confess our sins. If you’re doing alright on your own; if think you’re a fairly good person with relatively few problems, please leave. Go home. There are more effective ways of getting your ego stroked. But if you are a sinner in need of grace, God calls you now into his presence. If you are weak and in need of strength, your heavenly Father bids you welcome. How can He do this for us? Because he became one of us in Jesus Christ. The eternal, holy, and glorious God became a man for us men and for our salvation. And that same man suffered, bled, and died for our sins and the sins of the world. And that same man rose from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven where he sits at God’s right hand world without end. Why does God welcome weak, broken, and dying men, women, and children into his presence? Because He became one. This is glorious. This is the goodness of God for you. This is grace and mercy. This is peace and rest for your souls. So come confess your sins, let them go, and place your trust in Jesus.