Scripture Reading: Matthew 1: 18, 20; Luke 1:`5; Luke 1: 35 Luke 1: 41; Luke 1: 67

“For the child with her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew, writer of the gospel

Four stories, four people; all at various points in the Christmas story filled with the Holy Spirit: John the Baptist filled with the the Holy spirit even before birth, Mary filled with the Holy Spirit during conception of baby Jesus, Elizabeth filled with the Holy spirit during her visit with Mary when she realized that Mary was carrying the son of God , and Zechariah filled with the Holy Spirit after the birth of his son John, being mute for over 9 months. What was special about these individuals, each one at various stages in their walk with God? Not one person in this story is more precious than the other. They were all used as instruments to prepare the way for the birth of Christ.

What about us? Jesus taught his disciples that the Holy Spirit would be a gift that he leaves behind after his death. This gift is the same gift that we can experience even today: a helper, a power to hear God more powerfully, a power to perform miracles, a power to see God in the midst of the ordinary. Today, we only have to ask for this gift. He provides it everyday, at any time, all day long to His people that believe.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.  He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me.  All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’

Jesus of Nazareth ( John 16: 12-15)

Nativity Fast

Enjoy your day off from oil and wine. It’s a day to celebrate; go to a Christmas concert, attend a local church service, find a live nativity in your town. Enjoy the day!

Music for meditation and worship. Enjoy this song from my own online church, Crossroads in Cincinnati, Ohio.