By George Dillard
Read today’s scripture: Luke 1:14-17
Christmas time is, above all, about being on a mission. Think about it, there is someone who is on a mission to get out of the office in time to make the dinner party; there is the parent on a mission to find that one gift that their child has requested; there is the young person in love on a mission to spend as much time as possible with that special someone. In fact there are probably as many missions as there are special relationships, the purpose to make it known that the relationship matters, that the individual matters.
There is a person whose mission is revealed during the Christmas story and I fear that we sometimes overlook his significance amidst it all. His name is John, he is the cousin of Jesus and he comes into the world with a singular mission, “to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” John’s mission in life is to make it known that the relationship matters, that the individual matters, to the Father, that you matter, that your relationship to Him matters. Thus the Christmas story is born, the King is coming and He too is on a mission, the one that matters eternally and includes you.