Day 28 | Because He Came, He Will Come Again
Reading: Titus 2:11–13
Over the past month, we have walked through the season of Advent with our eyes set on Jesus. We’ve seen that God promised long ago that he would send a Savior to save his people from their sin. Throughout the Old Testament, the biblical writers point us forward in expectation and hope, waiting for this Savior to come. As the New Testament opens, we meet our Savior. Jesus is the promised Savior, the promised King, who redeems us and reigns over us. Titus says that God’s grace appeared; that grace was Jesus himself, the supreme expression of God’s goodness toward us. Jesus has come.
But Paul tells us in Titus that though Jesus came once in grace, he will come again in glory. And when he comes again in glory, it will be a wonderful day for those of us who belong to him. He is our “blessed hope,” the one on whom our eyes are set as we live each day. He will in fact return for us. But until he returns, he is active and working in us, purifying us as his people to love the things he loves and to walk the way he walks. He is working to shape us into His image so that when we see him, we will be like him. That is our hope. Jesus himself, the author and perfector of our faith, is faithful to complete the work in you that he started when he saved you. He will not leave you. He will not forsake you. Look to him!
Question: How does God’s grace motivate you to pursue godliness? How does the goodness of God make you want to honor him by the way you live?