For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people. Titus 2:11 (EHV).
Consider why this verse says what it does, where it does. We’ve already read verses 1-10 of Titus 2. You’ll remember that they talked about sound doctrine and sound, upright behaviors of those who teach that doctrine; that they talked about encouraging people, especially believers, to exhibit these upright behaviors so that God may be glorified.
Why? Because His grace has appeared and it brings saving to everyone. EVERYONE.
Jews? Saved. Muslims? Saved. Liberal Democrats? Saved. Buddhists? Saved. Conservative Republicans? Saved. Donald Trump and Barack Obama? Saved. You? Saved. Everyone.
God gave His undeserved gift of salvation to everyone who would accept it. Not accepting it doesn’t negate that He gave it. Rejecting it doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It’s available even to those who reject it and Him. All they have to do is submit, to believe.
The most amazing words in this verse are “appeared” and “bringing.” They denote God having taken it upon Himself to come to us in an amazing way. He wasn’t just born: He appeared. He came on the scene, fulfilling hundreds of prophecies and ancient predictions. The mathematical odds of it happening are staggeringly impossible, but He did it; 10^157 or 1 in 10 with 157 zeros behind it (see https://www.empower.global/the-mathematical-probability-that-jesus-is-the-christ/). God found a way to come to us as His Son, Jesus, in a way that would make Him the central figure in all of human history but without being a tyrant. He who could be all the CGI spectacle that Hollywood could ever imagine appeared as a humble servant boy who grew into a humble servant teacher.
And when He appeared, He brought salvation with Him. He saw in us a terminal fault. We were sin-soaked. We couldn’t save ourselves on our own. A thousand years of instructions to the Jewish people on how much they needed God couldn’t save them from their own sins. Billions of people lived before Jesus and billions have lived since and not one of them could save themselves from the desolation of living without His hope. But He could. He could do what was necessary to make it possible for people to live in peace with Him forever. He alone could vanquish death; He alone could redefine life.
Jesus didn’t have to do it but he appeared to bring salvation. He who powerfully but plainly spoke everything into existence didn’t have to appear and bring salvation, but He did it anyway. Out of love. Because of love. Because of His perfection and His merciful nature, He chose to give us a gift that could never be deserved, never earned, never repaid. He didn’t ask for repayment. He only asked for our love. When you consider that this verse came on the heels of others about behavior and submission, perhaps that’s the most grace-filled miracle of all.
For further reading: Romans 3:24, 2 Timothy 1:10, Titus 2:12.
Savior from eternity, thank You.