But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 (EHV).
Let’s add one last sentence because this is the why. If the five ‘why’s’ are who, what, where, when, and why, then verses four through six (from “But” through the second mention of “Savior”) are who, what, where and when, and verse 7 is the why.
We’re justified by Jesus’ grace so that we might become heirs with the hope of eternal life. He sprinted to the cross to die, and then to rise from death, for us. Because He loved us. Because He saw the complete depravity of sin and knew it couldn’t be tolerated. Because He understood that sin had compromised us, that we’d let that happen, and that we couldn’t do anything about it. Jesus opened eternal life because of His love for sinful you and me.
To do that, He made us just. He made us righteous, clean again. God demanded an atonement for how our sins had violated holiness. Jesus, God-Himself, said “there’s only one way to truly make them righteous again” and so He did it. The choices we made – sins – voided our righteousness. We couldn’t be in the presence of holiness again without being destroyed by the loving, beautiful perfection of Him. So Jesus made Himself the atonement for our sins and, in doing so, transferred righteousness to us. We didn’t deserve it; we couldn’t do it. But He did it anyway. He loved us to provide for us as the Father. He loved us to die for us as the Son. He loved us to live through us as the Spirit. Three in One through this miracle called “resurrection,” God did this thing to make us justified in His presence.
Because of His mercy. His justice, His love, His patience, His kindness: He wanted to share them, to give them, to pass them around. He wanted to give us things to live for more than just existence or achievement or property. God wanted our lives to have meaning and His meaning was the only one that matters. So, in His righteousness-making mercy, He made us heirs in His promise of eternal life. Of eternity now and later. Of being part of the spiritual world today. Of sharing His supernaturality now, and always. Because of His mercy.
For further reading: Matthew 17:20, Matthew 21:21, Mark 4:35-41, Mark 11:22-24, Acts 22:16, Romans 3:24, Romans 5:5, Romans 11:14, Ephesians 2:9, 1 Peter 1:3, Titus 3:8
Thank You, God, for Your love, Your righteousness, Your mercy, Your hope. Help me to share them today!