But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,
he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Many of us will spend a good part of the next couple of days receiving and giving presents. I’m not sure why this has become such a HUGE part of our Christmas celebrations, but it has. From the youngest to the oldest, I think we all enjoy receiving gifts, and especially enjoy someone receiving a gift from us that they really like or need.
In this epistle, the writer reminds us that when the loving kindness of God appeared in the gift of his Son, we received a gift that we didn’t deserve and certainly couldn’t earn. It was God who decided out of the abundance of his love for us to give us this gift of salvation, in which we inherit the blessing of eternal life. Among all the presents you open over the next days, remember to unwrap and embrace this perfect gift that keeps on giving. God receives great joy in giving this gift over and over.