“Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!”
The work of the Holy Spirit is often lost because of the sole focus on Pentecost in Acts 2.
Similarly the Holy Spirits presence in Christmas is often forgotten too.
Here’s a reminder, read each one slowly and listen:
To Zechariah (regarding his son John the Baptist, forerunner to Jesus): “he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.”
To Mary: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you …”
Of Mary: “before Joseph and Mary came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.”
To Joseph: “what is conceived in Mary is from the Holy Spirit”
Elizabeth, on Mary’s visit: “and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit”
After Zechariah’s speech came back and John was born: “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied”
A righteous man in Jerusalem called Simeon: “the Holy Spirit was upon him”
At some point Simeon had a divine experience: “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”
When Jesus was 8 days old: “Moved by the Spirit, Simeon went into the temple courts” (it was there he met Jesus, Mary and Joseph and praised God).
Today the Holy Spirit is still moving on people, revealing things to come, enabling prophetic words, doing what man cannot do.
And back to our verse today. The Holy Spirit is still filling our lives and enabling us to speak to those in greater authority than ourselves and even perhaps to people who intimidate us, to rulers and elders of people.
Come Holy Spirit.