“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.” Titus 3:4-5a (NIV)
We are thinking about and beginning to see pictures these days which depict the events which occurred at the time that Jesus was born. There were the angles who appeared to announce his birth to the shepherds who responded and sought out to find the baby Jesus in the manger, or feed trough. We also see the wise men from the countries to the east who traveled a long way to find Jesus and to bring him gifts. Our verse teaches us what was behind all the beautiful things about the Christmas story. Titus a co-worker of the Apostle Paul received a letter from his teacher which lets us know God had a purpose. When Jesus appeared as a baby and was wrapped up and put in the manger, it was God acting out of His kindness and love. He had planned it for us and it was by his this that we are saved. We have not received salvation because we have been good enough or done enough. We are saved because of His mercy. He came, He died, and He rose again, and we have new life because once, in Bethlehem, in a manger, at the right time and place, He appeared as a baby. Let's be thankful.
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