Next, he confessed his sins: "We indeed justly." He took his place

among sinners, not trying to justify himself.

A man may be very sorry for his sins, but if he doesn't confess

them, he has no promise of being forgiven. Cain felt badly enough

over his sins, but he did not confess. Saul was greatly tormented in

mind, but he went to the witch of Endor instead of to the Lord.

Judas felt so bad over the betra
al of his Master that he went out

and hanged himself; but he did not confess to God. True, he went and

confessed to the priests, saying, "I have sinned in that I have

betrayed innocent blood"; but it was of no use to confess to them

--they could not forgive him.

How different is the case of this penitent thief! He confessed his

sins, and Christ had mercy on him there and then.

The great trouble is, people are always trying to make out that they

are not sinners, that they have nothing to confess. Therefore, there

is no chance of reaching them with the Gospel. There is no hope for

a man who folds his arms and says: "I don't think God will punish

sin; I am going to take the risk." There is no hope for a man until

he sees that he is under just condemnation for his sins and

shortcomings. God never forgives a sinner until he confesses.