The phrase “tip of the spear” is a military term referring to the dangerous job of preparing for the bigger mission by carrying out an initial, dangerous task. It is the mini-mission before the main mission. The Bible describes the main mission of God as Jesus’ incarnation, life, death and resurrection. Leading up to his birth, those who went before Jesus prepared the way for him. In this series we take a look at Jesus’ birth mom Mary, his adoptive dad Joseph, and his cousin John the Baptizer. Join us as we examine their lives and see God’s mercy enabling them to fulfill their mission, just as it enables us to fulfill ours.