4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water[a] of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6 This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
I don’t know about you, but the time after Christmas is when I actually get to reflect on what actually happened some 2000 years ago. After the Christmas services are over, the presents are unwrapped, the family gatherings are nearing an end, I am able to ponder what it actually means that God broke through the heavens and entered our world. God could have chosen to save us any way God wanted. Instead God entered into our world through flesh, through the same way God created us. Through the little baby, born in Bethlehem, God became flesh, and through Christ Jesus, taught us about the gifts God brings. Paul, in today’s reading from Titus, reminds us that there is nothing we can do to receive these gifts. Through God’s unending mercy, God gives us these gifts each day. And, these gifts don’t end when our earthly lives are over. We are heirs to the Kingdom of God, and when our earthly journey ends, we will receive our inheritance and be welcomed into the great company of saints in heaven where we will be reunited with our Savior. In this season of celebration, when we rejoice at our Savior’s birth, we also rejoice in the gifts God gives to us each and every day. Even when we are basking in the joy of the Christmas season and the presents we receive, we are reminded that there is a greater present, the promise of eternal life.
Thank you, God, for entering our world through your Son. Help us remember the gifts you have freely given to us, especially the gift of salvation. Help us share your love with one another, reminding them that your gifts are for them as well. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen.