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Holy Baby

ZechariahZechariah the Priest, the father of John the Baptist, was filled with the Holy Spirit and exalted the coming Messiah. Luke writes 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 could speak and his first words were that the child should be called John.✞

Simeon Saw Jesus

Simeon holding the baby JesusThe Holy Spirit also revealed to Simeon that he would not die without seeing the Christ. He was led to the Temple and lifting up the baby Jesus 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 [or "promised, 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."

Born the Son of God

Jesus and the Holy SpiritJesus was conceived in his mother Mary by the Holy Spirit. The angel answered Mary after she 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 [or "So the child to be born will be called holy,"] the Son of God.'" Jesus is the child of the Holy Spirit and of his earthly mother. This is confirmed by Matthew 1.18, "This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about [or "The origin of Jesus the Messiah was like this"] : 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."

"Spirit Leads Jesus"
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by Ron Meacock

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