John the Baptist has a short, meaty message for our NEW Year.
By all outward appearances, John’s life was a short-lived failure.
He likely buried his parents while still a child.
His living conditions were dismal, at best.
Imprisoned and criminalized, he was beheaded on the whim of an evil woman.
John was faithful, fully committed to a rugged obedience.
He was a man on a mission.
Listen. Listen to the words his mother spoke to her cousin, Mary.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! … As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.Luke 1:42, 44
John’s journey began with joy.
Do you want your NEW Year to be marked by faithfulness and obedience?
Let it begin with joy.