Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
God promised that He would give His Spirit to His people. Jesus reiterated this promise to His disciples, and encouraged them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit to be given to them. Because the Holy Spirit is so key to our lives as followers of Jesus Christ, our new message series will be called 'Spirit of God Lift Me Up'. We will look at Scripture to learn more about the Holy Spirit’s powerful work throughout history and in the world today and in our lives.
A couple of Sundays ago, we explored how the Holy Spirit was actively at work in the key events in the Christmas narrative, particularly through John in Elizabeth and Jesus in Mary. This morning, we will see how the Holy Spirit was at work in the Messiah, who is Jesus, God’s Son. We will begin by reading a couple of Old Testament passages that are prophecies concerning the Messiah, and that specifically talk about the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Messiah means "the anointed one," and these passages point to the fact that anointing is of the Holy Spirit. We will then look at how Jesus of Nazareth was anointed by the Holy Spirit at the beginning of His public ministry in fulfilling His mission as the Messiah.