Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Eve - Titus 2:11-14

I call it the Lutheran two-step. God acts. We respond. The first step is God’s whereby the grace of God leads without any help from us. God acts out of God’s own being which is “gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Psalm 145:8) and God’s own desire to “be the one who is just and the one who justifies.” (Romans 326) It’s a done deal and cannot be reversed for in the person of Jesus we see the lengths that God will go to convince us that we are loved. You don’t have to be afraid of a God that you can strip naked and nail to a piece of wood. Of course, you don’t have to listen to a God you can kill unless on the third day that same God says “Ta Da!” and walks out of the grave as good as new. The second step is ours. Do we follow God’s lead and deny death any power over us including those deaths we die every day by believing worldly passions can deliver and in believing the lie give ourselves over to impious attitudes and behaviors or do we dance with “the one who brung ya” and become zealous for good deeds? The grace of God is that the first step is not dependent on the second and even if we have the proverbial two left feet God’s lead is more than able to overcome or lack of rhythm.

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