In my reading of Luke 1 one theme stood out: the Holy Spirit. There are a few very matter-of-fact statements involving the Spirit in this text:
* “He (John the Baptist) will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. (v. 15) * The Holy Spirit will come upon you (Mary); for that reason (b/c of the Holy Spirit) the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.” (v. 35)
Right out of the gate in this investigative look at belief I was faced with the question: Do I believe in the power and activity of the Holy Spirit?
For most of my life I viewed the Holy Spirit as the “silent partner”, not as the game changing ninja the Spirit actually is. Yeah, I said ninja. I primarily thought of the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost after Jesus’ death, not before the birth of Jesus. Mary wasn’t buying that line of thinking, not for an instant.
I like to think that Jesus “happened” to Mary. What I mean is God the Father through an Angel informed Mary what was happening to her and she believed what was being told to her. Mary’s part was to believe what was happening and what would come to pass. Our part is the same. You and I are to believe the truth of what has happened and what can happen in the future through the power of the Holy Spirit. After all, look at the fruit of that belief in Mary’s life…
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (v. 45)