It’s not just the Old Testament that talks about God’s Spirit moving among his people. The gospels describe the life and ministry of Jesus as empowered by the Spirit from beginning to end. Luke begins his Gospel with the story of the birth of Jesus to Mary by the power of the Spirit and starts his sequel to the Gospel – Acts – with the account of the coming of the Spirit to the disciples at Pentecost. The early church clearly understood itself as living in the time of the long-promised outpouring of the Spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to preach good news to the poor,
to proclaim release to the prisoners
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to liberate the oppressed… Luke 4:18
Sound familiar? Jesus and his mouth pieces harken back to the words of the Old Testament to remind us that the Testament is Old, not out of style.
I love the first line…”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” and the subsequent promise from Jesus that we too have that same Spirit with us and in us.
Today, could we dare to dream that the Spirit is with us and we are able to preach, proclaim, and liberate in our own small ways those who are marginalized, suffering, and under-valued in our communities?