Many things must have been revealed to Zechariah and Elizabeth. When Mary arrives, Elizabeth knows that Mary will bear Jesus—the Messiah, God, very God—because she refers to her as the “mother of my Lord.”
Specific things about John were revealed as well. For the Holy Spirit comes over Zechariah at the naming of John the Baptist. The trinity Godhead is evident in the coming of Jesus in every way, particularly the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit, the communicator and comforter of all Christians, would overshadow Mary, and she would become pregnant with God as a child.
Zechariah is filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied the destiny of his son.
The Holy Spirit oversaw Creation as revealed in John 1. He is the impetus of Jesus’ incarnation and the avenue of power that raised Jesus from the dead. The Holy Spirit, the very essence of God, remains and walks our path with us. He opens the eyes of the unbeliever to draw him or her to faith in Himself.
How little we expect from God, yet He has revealed Himself through the Holy Spirit, the Comforter that Jesus promised would come and remain. He manifested God’s power—His power—from the beginning to the end of Jesus’ time on earth.
He walks with us through joy and sorrow, through yesterdays and tomorrows, and He’s ever present in all our todays.
Such power, such love, such intentionality. Yet, because God is no longer flesh, we forget He is still with us.
Before and after God became a baby in a manger, He dwelt and dwells with us. He is the Holy Spirit, and He is here.
And, He is God—God with us.
—the parishioner who doesn’t do anything