The Holy One
Today’s Scripture Selection: Luke 1:35
(With Christmas just a week away, I want to briefly shift our journey through the scriptures to the Gospel of Luke. Suddenly we are not with the Hebrews wandering in the desert with Moses, but with a young virgin named Mary who is on her own spiritual pilgrimage. Enter the angel with an amazing announcement.)
“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”
The holy one – that’s how we hear the baby Jesus first described.
How did the people of his day see the babe who would soon be born into the world? It depends on who they were.
To people wandering in darkness…he was the light.
To a crazed and murderous king…he was a threat.
To wise and seeking travelers from the East…he was the fulfillment of prophecy.
To Joseph and Mary…he was a holy mystery.
To the world…he was the savior…even if the world as yet didn’t know it.
Two thousand years later he is still the light, a threat, the fulfillment of prophecy, a holy mystery, and the savior of a lost world.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
So let us begin the journey again – to Bethlehem – with Mary and Joseph and all the rest of a very special cast of characters.
The holy one, the Son of God, is just about to have his very first birthday.