Overshadowed by the Spirit

December 15 | Luke 1:35

“And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35, ESV)

People throw around the phrase, “It’s a Christmas miracle,” too much. Jesus’ birth is the true Christmas miracle. It’s something every scholar and preacher still struggles to explain.

The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary so Jesus would be divine and human. This sacred and holy moment, this impossible action of God, must not be made light of. Jesus had no earthly father to conceive Him.

How can God make a virgin conceive without knowing a man? And how can her child be divine and human at the same time? Overshadow is a word used only of God’s presence in the New Testament. The other two times God overshadows people are at the baptism of Jesus and the Transfiguration.

The one time the Old Testament uses this word is for the cloud of God’s presence resting so heavily on the tent of meeting that Moses could not enter. And yet this powerful presence, this weighty glory rested on Mary and produced Jesus, the divine King.

The mysteries of God are too high to comprehend! And yet this miracle of Christmas brought the Savior of your soul. God did the impossible to bring His Son to rescue you from eternal death and condemnation. He did the impossible to bring His Son to earth, and He does the impossible to make you His child.

Action Step: God moved heaven and earth to bring Jesus to you. Thank Him for this miracle of Christmas. He brought His peace to you on this glorious day!

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for bringing Jesus and Your salvation to me. I celebrate the birth of my Lord and King. I can never repay you for this Christmas miracle, for bringing Your Son to me so I could become Your child.

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