Luke 1, Proverbs 13
When Luke promises Theophilus to lay out an “orderly account” that gives certainty to what has been taught about Jesus, Luke immediately demonstrates a very different focus than Matthew and Mark. Mark doesn’t address Jesus’ childhood, and Matthew’s treatment of Jesus’ birth is briefer, focused on Joseph and Jesus’ birth and flight to Egypt. Luke focuses on the miraculous births of both John the Baptist and Jesus, while also going into detail about angelic visitations preceding both births. The angel’s promise of John the Baptist being filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:15) before birth introduces one of Luke’s main themes, the considerable presence of the Spirit in and around Jesus’ ministry. When Mary would question Gabriel about how she could give birth as a virgin, the Holy Spirit will be the one who will give special birth to Jesus, making Him truly Son of God, while raised by Joseph. As we continue to read through Luke I will note the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ life and ministry. Remember Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles and pays great attention to the Spirit’s presence with the early church. These are not accidents, for Luke wants to make a strong connection between the ministry of Jesus and church through the power of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit empowering the Lord can and will also empower us.