GRACE IN A MANGER

GRACE IN THE MANGERTitus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.

 

Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

 

Christmas day is the day we celebrate the Birth of Jesus on Earth. It was also the appearance of the grace that would bring salvation to all mankind Titus 2:11. The nature of Jesus’ Birth in that manger, culminating in His appearance and sacrifice on the Cross, was the appearance of grace that saves mankind from their sins.

 

A salvation made possible only by the kindness, love, and mercy of God our Savior Titus 3:4, 5. God’s kindness, love, and mercy would accomplish for us what we could not do for ourselves and what we did not deserve: salvation from the penalty of our sins, power of sin, and in the future, the presence of sin. Those three words are a great description of God’s heart toward us through the grace that brought us our salvation:

 

  1. Kindness – having a good or benevolent disposition and nature toward; a desire to do good toward.

 

  1. Love – fondness toward; loving affection for; friendly concern to.

 

  1. Mercy – compassion, gracious faithfulness; often with reference to judgment & not giving what is deserved.

 

Describing His appearance as grace that brings salvation shouts loud and clear that the first subject of God’s agenda was not to judge, condemn, or punish us (John 3:17). All of that would fall on Jesus as our substitute, the just for the unjust. It is grace that brings salvation by God’s initiative and action, not dependent on meeting conditions to qualify for it on our part except to repent and believe. The fact of the matter is that no human could ever do a work good enough to merit it or meet certain conditions to qualify for it. It is offered freely to all men conditioned on the work done by Jesus our Savior. Oh how great a salvation we have in Jesus!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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