Today's Reading: Titus 1:1-9
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you (Titus 1:5)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Apostles would not be around forever. They were the eyewitnesses of Jesus' life, death, and after His resurrection. He ordained them to teach and baptize, to preach and administer the sacrament of His Body and Blood. But they would not live forever. So the Apostles set about ordaining men to follow them in this ministry of the Gospel. And so it has ever been since the days of the Apostles. The Lord ordains men and gives them the charge of being preachers of the Gospel. Through their ministry, He delivers His forgiveness, life, and salvation to sinners.
Titus was just such a one of those pastors. St. Paul ordained Titus. Pastor Titus was on the island of Crete. He preached repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus' name. He was also given the job of ordaining more pastors to care for the church on Crete. So it goes. The Lord never leaves His church without pastors. He ordains men to be His faithful shepherds and preachers.
Jesus died on the cross. His death paid for the sins of the world. His resurrection triumphed over death and proves His victory over sin is complete. But none of that would do you any good unless it was delivered to you. It wouldn't be worth anything unless you hear it and the Holy Spirit brings you to believe it. So that's where the preachers come in. Jesus sends out pastors in every age to proclaim the Good News that saves sinners.
As with St. Timothy, remembering St. Titus helps us remember and give thanks for the gift of our own pastors today. The Lord has given you a faithful servant of the Word through whom He delivers to you all His good gifts. When your pastor baptizes, absolves, preaches, teaches, and gives Christ's Body and Blood, you can be sure that everything Jesus has done is yours now, too. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
You, O Lord, Yourself have called him For Your precious lambs to care; But to prosper in his calling, He the Spirit's gifts must share. Give him wisdom from above, Fill his heart with holy love; In his weakness, Lord, be near him, In his prayers, Good Shepherd, hear him. (Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit, LSB 681:2)