READ: Titus 2:11-14 (esp., v13)
- The present age lasts until our final hope appears. Once again the term used almost exclusively for Jesus (appearing) and indicates that He will once again arrive. In fact, we live in anticipation of that arrival. Paul calls the One who is coming our Hope. He makes Hope into a metaphor for Jesus (as he did with grace in v11). And that seems so appropriate. We wait in hope for our Hope.
- This text contains one of the strongest affirmations of Jesus’ deity in the Scriptures. Paul calls Him, “our great God and Savior.” Jesus is both our Savior and our God. He is fully divine and not a lesser being. If there was no other reason for absolute allegiance to Him, this would be all that was necessary. No one can be higher in our priorities than God/Jesus. He is worthy of our loyalty and our worship.
- Waiting is sometimes a hard practice. We’re pretty much accustomed to instant gratification. We get things when we want them. We can’t even wait for delivery—it’s next day or forget-it. Yet in this case, we have no choice. We don’t know, can’t know, when He’s coming. So, we are left in the position that we simply await His arrival. And while we wait we cultivate the character traits listed in the previous verse.
- How would you describe your ability to wait? How does that impact your waiting for Jesus?
- Why do you think there’s so little conversation about the return (final coming) of Jesus?
- Some might not want Him to return soon. Why might that be?
PRAY: Commit to patient, yet intentional waiting for Jesus. Ask God for the ability to wait well. Pray that you are developing appropriate character traits as you wait.