This weekend we are celebrating our confirmation students as they stand and confess their faith in Jesus. Confirmation is a 2-year experience where students learn about Jesus and what it means to walk with Him every day of their lives. For most, it is the end of a journey that began with their baptism as babies.
This weekend, our young people will stand before the congregation and confirm the faith that was spoken on their behalf in baptism. Jesus claimed them as His own at baptism, and now they attest that they do in fact believe in Jesus—that this is their faith and not their parents’ or grandparents’.
It’s fitting that this would happen as we conclude our series on 1 John, examining whether we can be confident that Jesus truly died for us. John concludes his letter with these two verses:
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:20-21
Jesus came to earth and died so that we could truly know Him and have eternal life. Not only that, the Father has given us His Spirit so that we might understand who Jesus is and the depth of His love for us.
There are many things that will try to pull us away from this faith. False gods and idols are all around us. But our God is greater than all those empty idols and false gods. Today, we stand with our confirmands and boldly declare that we too belong to Jesus. We are His, and nothing can separate us from Him!