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Messiah

ZechariahZechariah the Priest, the father of John the Baptist, was filled with the Spirit and exalted the coming Messiah. Luke wrote in Luke 1.67-68, "His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 'Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel because he has come to his people and redeemed them.'" Zechariah at first did not accept the Lord's doing and was struck dumb for it. It was only after the baby was born that Zechariah was able to speak and his first words were that the child was to be called "John."✞

Simeon Sees Jesus

SimeonThe Spirit also revealed to Simeon that he would not die without seeing "the Christ." He was led to the Temple and as he lifted the baby Jesus he said those well-known words in Luke 2.29-32 which came to be known as the Nunc Dimittis from the Book of Common Prayer, "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." The phrase, "you may now dismiss" may be translated as "now dismiss."

Born Son Of God

Holy Spirit DoveJesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in his mother Mary. Mary questioned her pregnancy in Luke 1.35, "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.'" The phrase, "So the holy one to be born will be called" may be translated as, "So the child to be born will be called holy." Jesus was the holy child of the Holy Spirit and his earthly mother, Mary. This was confirmed by Matthew 1.18, "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit." The phrase, "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about" may also be translated as, "The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this."

Holy Brother Jesus

Child JesusThe Spirit marked out his holy brother Jesus at his baptism and his presentation in the Temple. Joseph was reassured by an angel that Mary's pregnancy was, in fact, a work of God, the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 1.20 we read, "But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.'" The Holy Spirit leads Jesus in his growth and fills him with wisdom according to Luke 2.40, "And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him." and Luke 2.52, "Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." Jesus learned like any other child from his teachers and was led by his Godly brother, the Holy Spirit. As he did, his wisdom, which was more than education grew as well.

Descended

The Holy Spirit descended according to Matthew 3.16 on his brother Jesus after his baptism. "As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him." The Holy Spirit sealed his holy brother Jesus's ministry at his baptism by the public display of his indwelling like a dove. John 6.27b reads, "Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." The Spirit led Jesus after his baptism in Luke 4.1 and empowered him. "Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." The power of the Spirit leads Jesus to return to the Galilee area according to Luke 4.14, "Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside."

Holy Spirit Witness

Root Of JesseThe Holy Spirit encourages and enables Christians to testify to their faith in Jesus Christ. The Spirit's witness to Jesus Christ according to John 15.26 was "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father — he will testify about me." Jesus acknowledged that the Spirit leads Jesus in Luke 4.18 when he said, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free," Similarly, the Spirit was given to Jesus' followers to help them witness after he had been glorified. In John 7.39 we read, "By this, he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given since Jesus had not yet been glorified." The Spirit was operative in the Incarnation, the coming of Jesus as a baby. This is a great mystery.

Validation

Jesus asserted in John 15.26 that the Holy Spirit validated his ministry, "When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father — he will testify about me." The Messiah of the servant songs of Isaiah 42.1 was also anointed with the Spirit, "Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations." On coming out of the baptism waters, the Spirit leads Jesus. In Luke 3.21 we read, "When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened." He was anointed by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove as a public witness to those who watched. At the birth of Christ, the shoot will come from the stump of Jesse, then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon him. It was written in Isaiah 11.1-2a, "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him."

Jesus Witnesses

Jesus PowerThe Holy Spirit gives Christians power without limits to be Jesus' witnesses in the World. The Spirit leads Jesus who was given immeasurable power as described by John 3.34, "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit." Jesus claimed in Luke 4.18-19, that the power to do wonderful miracles and to make a public witness of the coming of God's kingdom was given to him by the Spirit. He said, "The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." Jesus was indeed electrified by the Holy Spirit and the power of God emanated from him.

Christians Immeasurable Power

BlessingThe Holy Spirit was also given to Christians to witness to and bring in the Gentile nations. According to Romans 15.8, "For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed." Note here that the phrase, "the Jews" was described in the Greek text as "the circumcision." as if to draw attention to it.

Power of God

Spirit On JesusMiracles were performed in the power of God by Jesus witnesses in Acts 2.22. Peter addressed the crowd "Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know." Jesus' statement in Matthew 12.28 claimed that it was by the Spirit that he cast out demons, "But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you."

"Spirit Leads Jesus"
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by Ron Meacock

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