Friday, December 21, 2007

The Nativity Story . . .

If you haven't seen the movie yet, I highly recommend it. I'm surprised it didn't do better at the box office.

One of the things I took away from it was the importance of having the mother of John the Baptist (Elizabeth) and Mary be related.

Elizabeth's miracle (she was barren) was obvious. This not only gave Mary comfort, but an ally who believed her claim. I'm sure no one else did. An Angel had to convince Joseph. But, how could Elizabeth deny Mary's virgin miracle while her own miracle was growing inside her, not to mention leaping in her womb at the presence of Mary.

side note: John the Baptist's strength to fulfill his role has always impressed me. He seemed much stronger in his faith than the disciples did. Well, there's a reason:

". . . Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. He will be a joy and a delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. " -Luke 1:13-15

That's right - John the Baptist had the Holy Spirit from birth. The disciples did not receive until the day of Pentecost. These men could do nothing alone but doubt. And they lived with Jesus. Saw His miracles. When Jesus was taken and crucified, they ran from Him and even denied Him. But with the gift of the Holy Spirit, these ordinary men changed the World.

Aren't you glad the Holy Spirit is ours for the asking? Aren't you glad we don't have to do anything alone?

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Amen, Brother. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit," says the Lord.