There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:14-15)
Pastor John’s Notes:
Zecharaiah and Elizabeth were the parents of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. John was a prophet and was charged by God with the task of preparing God’s people for the coming of their Messiah. John spoke the unvarnished truth regarding the righteousness of God and the peoples’ coldness of heart. He called many people to repentance and baptized them in the Jordan River as a sign of their desire to live for God. He did all this by the power of the Holy Spirit that resided within him, even while he was in his mother’s womb.
The Holy Spirit enables us to understand the mind, heart, and will of God. Any idea about God that does not come from the Holy Spirit is merely a result of human reasoning. Human words may inspire us for a moment, but they have no lasting power. Words that come from the Holy Spirit are potent and lead us to real transformation. Spiritual words may be challenging to hear at first, as John’s words undoubtedly were, but they effect a real change within us.
We should also note here that this passage points to God’s activity within the womb, as John was filled with the Holy Spirit even before his birth. All life is precious to God, from the time of our conception until the time the Lord calls us to himself and grants us the gift of eternal life.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit dwelt within John as the forerunner of Jesus, so let your Spirit dwell within us as the people of Jesus. Let the words we speak be spiritual words empowered by your presence. Lead us each day by the power of your Spirit at work within us.