Holy spirit

The Holy Spirit and Christmas | The Guardian Nigeria News

For the Christmas season this year, we will be examining the role of the Holy Spirit in the realization of Christ, the reality and the essence of Christmas. As we know, the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, who carries out all of God’s plans and purposes. From Creation until the end of time, no plan of God emerges without the involvement of the Holy Spirit. From eternity past, when the idea was conceived of the Savior coming to earth to live and die, until the conception and birth of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has been actively involved. So, Christmas could not have been without the involvement of the Holy Spirit.

At the conception in Luke 1:34, at the utter helplessness of Mary, who, reacting with astonishment to the good news of the angel of God, said: “How can this be, since I do not know of any ‘man?” Then the Angel made him understand that his conception was going to be the extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit. The Angel’s statement reveals the distinct work of the Holy Spirit: “And the angel answered and said unto him, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you; therefore also this Saint who is to be born will be called the Son of God ”(Luke 1:35 NKJV).

First, the mystery of how the conception of Christ took place without any sexual intercourse: “The mystery of Jesus’ birth is not simply that he was born of a virgin. This miracle was intended by God to bear witness to an even greater miracle; namely, that the child born at Christmas was a person who had existed “from ancient times”. (Micah 5: 2).

Second, the creative power of the Holy Spirit. Not that Jesus was created; rather, he was born and not created. This act of clothing God with human flesh shows the creative capacities of the Holy Spirit.

All of this teaches us many other lessons about the Holy Spirit, which we cannot consider here. Outside of Mary’s life, we see the Holy Spirit at work in Elizabeth’s life when Mary visited her. Her greetings elicited an immediate reaction from the baby in Elizabeth’s womb and instantly she was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). “And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the child leaped into her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Then she spoke with a loud voice and said, “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” (Luke 1: 41-42 NKJV).

Yet, during the same period, the Holy Spirit inspired Zechariah to prophesy about his son, John, and the coming Messiah, “Now his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied…” (Luke 1:67 NKJV).

But the operation of the Holy Spirit on Simeon was much more spectacular. Under the prompting of the Spirit, he was on time at the temple to attend the presentation of Jesus by his parents. “And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought the Child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law ”(Luke 2: 26-27 NKJV).

So from start to finish, we see that the events surrounding the birth of the baby Jesus were related to the active action of the Holy Spirit.
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