Bill Wilson, known as Bill W. and who Co-founded A.A, was a desperate alcoholic and learned that that alcoholism is an illness rather than a moral failure or failure of willpower. Apparently one of the steps toward the healing process is for the alcoholic to realise he/she is in deep trouble and needs to make that CONFESSION.
Well, in the same way, do sinners, like you and I, need to come to a place and realise that we are in deep trouble apart from the saving grace and regeneration of Jesus Christ.
The problem for most people is that they do not want to acknowledge that they are sinners and they measure their “GOODNESS” against their dilemma of sin and think that they are OK! Unlike an alcoholic, sin is not only a deadly sickness but also a moral failure.
Well, The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fall short of the standard of God (Rom 3:23) and that everyone is in need of salvation and regeneration. People need to realise that sin, just like an Alcoholic, is a desperate illness and that it is terminal.
But this is what Jesus has to say to the person who knows and confesses that he/she is in deep trouble because of sin; “WHEN JESUS HEARD THIS, HE TOLD THEM, ‘HEALTHY PEOPLE DON’T NEED A DOCTOR – SICK PEOPLE DO. I HAVE COME TO CALL NOT THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE RIGHTEOUS, BUT THOSE WHO KNOW THEY ARE SINNERS’” (Mark 2:17).
Jesus is ready to forgive, save and regenerate (renew) anyone who will come to him with this simple confession; “THAT IF YOU CONFESS WITH YOUR MOUTH JESUS AS LORD, AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, YOU WILL BE SAVED; FOR WITH THE HEART A PERSON BELIEVES, RESULTING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND WITH THE MOUTH HE CONFESSES, RESULTING IN SALVATION….. (Rom 10:9-10).
Sinners Need a Doctor to heal them from their own iniquity. All they need is to confess that they do need help and come to the only One – Jesus – who truly is able to forgive, save and renew.
Shane Bryant (OMIN CLC, CLDIP, ADIV)