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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

The Spirit of God is Upon Us . . .

Luke 2:21-52    Ezekiel 38-39    Isaiah 61

“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me” (Isaiah 61:1). And it is in the power of this spirit that the prophet Isaiah is “sent” to “bring good news to the oppressed.” So, too, “the Holy Spirit was upon” Simeon, guiding him to Jesus and empowering him to praise God, proclaiming, “my eyes have seen your salvation” (Luke 2:25-32). Just as it was the spirit in Ezekiel (2:2) that made it possible for him to hear and declare “the word of the Lord” (Ezekiel 38:1) . . . Today’s readings lift up the essential role of the Spirit in the story of God with us.

“Guided by the Spirit” (Luke 2:27). Guided. Led. Where? “To the temple.” Yes. And Anna the prophetess? She “never left the temple” (v.37). And they both saw Jesus and declared God’s salvation. Do you suppose the Holy Spirit was upon Anna as well? Could she have been guided to Jesus any other way? And how about you and me? How, do you suppose, any of us comes to Jesus? How is it that any of us are invited and led into the story? Is it not by the Spirit of the Lord God? Indeed it is. God acting “upon” and “in” us, revealing the word of the Lord and leading us to those places, spaces, and crossroads where, if we are paying attention, we may “see” and receive the salvation of God. And join the song. For this is, honestly, the rest of the story . . .

“To bring good news to the oppressed” (Isaiah 61:1). It is for this that the Spirit comes upon Isaiah. And Ezekiel, Simeon, and Anna. And Jesus, too (as we shall soon read in Luke 3 and 4). Never is it simply for ourselves that the Spirit comes, filling, revealing and guiding. Never. Those who “see” God’s salvation (Simeon) and are thereby “clothed” with it (Isaiah) are always lead and empowered to “proclaim” that salvation as prophets and priests (Isaiah 61:6) in the world. Always. And to all. Remember, on this second day of Christmas, that Jesus came as light for all people (Luke 2:32), especially the oppressed, brokenhearted, and bound, for the Lord loves justice (Isaiah 61:1-3,8). Beloved, the Spirit of the Lord God is upon you. Enter the story. Join the song. To the glory of God. Amen.

“For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light of revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your People Israel.”
— Luke 2:30-32

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