Titus 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:
- Kindness – having a good or benevolent disposition and nature toward; a desire to do good toward.
- Love – fondness toward; loving affection for; friendly concern to.
- 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!