Spirit Leads Jesus
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ZechariahZechariah the Priest, the father of John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy 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 Holy Spirit also revealed to Simeon that he would not die without seeing the Christ. He was led to the Temple and as he lifted up 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 1662, "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 in his mother Mary by the Holy Spirit. Mary questioned her pregnancy in Luke 1.35, "The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High 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 of 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."

"Spirit Leads Jesus"
by Ron Meacock

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