Eight hundred years earlier, Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would come. Isaiah didn’t use the names of Mary, Joseph, or Jesus. He used the names of Wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace.
The people of Isaiah’s time knew in their heads the Messiah was coming, but their hearts were elsewhere.
Maybe it’s a bit like us. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of the Savior of all humanity, but we may spend more time wondering what size sweater to buy for our least favorite uncle (will he want an X or XL?).
It’s all about a Mulligan–a do-over. Let’s start over, right now. We have the luxury of looking back over time. Let’s not let that go to waste. We’ve heard the story about how Jesus came to save us all. We carry that knowledge in our heads.
Before it’s too late, let’s move it into our hearts. Let’s put action to our knowledge. Let’s share the Good News—a King has come to set us free!
Let’s use a Mulligan when it comes to celebrating Christmas and our Savior’s birth.