The Holy Spirit at Work in the Life of Christ
Luke 1:30-37 (Plus multiple Scriptures)
Series: Godís Spirit at Work in Our World
Sermon by: Rick Crandall
McClendon Baptist Church - April 12, 2000

*Godís Holy Spirit has always been at work in His world, and this was certainly true in the life of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was there with the Lord every step of the way. And today we will see 7 ways that the Holy Spirit was at work in the life of Christ.

1. First: The Holy Spirit was there for Christís conception.

*The Holy Spirit was responsible for the miraculous birth of our Lord. As we see in Matt 1:18, ďNow the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

*The Holy Spirit conceived Jesus just as the angel Gabriel had told Mary in Luke 1:30-37:
30. Then the angel said to her, ďDo not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.
32. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
33. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.Ē
34. Then Mary said to the angel, ďHow can this be, since I do not know a man?Ē
35. And the angel answered and said to her, ďThe Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.
36. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.
37. For with God nothing will be impossible.Ē

*The Holy Spirit was there for Christís conception.

2. And He was there for Christís identification.

*We see this at the baptism of Jesus in John 1:29-34:
29. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ďBehold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
30. This is He of whom I said, ĎAfter me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.í
31. I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.Ē
32. And John bore witness, saying, ďI saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.
33. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ĎUpon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.í
34. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.Ē

*In that day there were so many imposters pretending to be the real Messiah. How would John the Baptist know the real Christ? God let His Holy Spirit take care of this crucial task. The Holy Spirit was there for Christís identification.

3. And He was there for Christís direction.

*Luke 4:1 tells us something important