READ: Titus 2:11-14
- At this season of the year we are reminded of the gift that God gave—His only Son. But this text reminds us that Jesus gave also. In fact, He gave Himself. You may remember the moments in the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus wrestled with whether or not to go through the painful events that approached. He had the option of not going to the cross. He could have turned His back and returned to heaven without suffering. Instead, He gave…Himself.
- Two huge results occurred. He made possible redemption and purification. Our lawless behavior alienated us from God. His gift (death) paid the price for our redemption. We were placed once again in the category of innocent. And, His death purified us. What Jesus did enabled us to become part of the very family of God. The idea is not merely a cleansing, but it indicates being set aside (made holy). We are identified as those who belong to God.
- Some of the images used here don’t connect with 21st century folks. We are not familiar with sacrifices and anointings. In our culture we might think more of citizenship. We turn away from a former allegiance and gain entry into a new country. We become part of the community officially. We are now identified as among the people of God. That sets us aside from all other identities.
- How do you feel knowing you are part of the people of God?
- How do you thank God for what He’s done in Christ?
- What changes need to occur, to demonstrate you are a member of a new community (citizenship)?
PRAY: Thank Jesus for giving Himself for you. Pray that you can live as a responsible citizen within God’s kingdom. Commit to living faithfully and in gratitude.