READ : Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (v. 11)
In The X-Files, a sci-fi television series about a huge, on-going government conspiracy to cover-up the existence of extraterrestrials, the theme was: “The truth is out there.” Agent Mulder, a top secret FBI agent, was constantly on the hunt, trying to find empirical evidence for his faith. He wanted conclusive proof that there was life outside of our world. He wanted to prove that the truth was here.
I always wanted to take Agent Mulder to church. This is what we confess every week in Christian worship: we confess that the truth is not out there, but the truth is here. We worship a God who is not out there, but who has appeared bringing salvation to all. When Paul says to Titus that the grace of God has appeared, what he means is that Jesus appeared. In Jesus Christ God showed up. In Jesus Christ God’s grace put on hands and feet, took up mouth and eyes, and looked humanity straight in the eye. It is this face-to-face encounter with truth that has brought salvation to all. It is this encounter that has allowed God to claim a “people of his own who are zealous for good deeds” (v. 14).
The truth is here.
God, thank you for the good news that we are not hunting the truth; the truth is hunting us.