A little girl was visiting her grandmother one beautiful spring morning. They walked out into grandmother’s flower garden. As grandmother was inspecting the progress of her flowers the little girl decided to try to open a rosebud with her own two hands. But no luck! As she would pull the petals open, they would tear or bruise or wilt or break off completely. Finally, in frustration, she said, “Gramma, I just don’t understand it at all. When God opens a flower, it looks so beautiful but when I try, it just comes apart.” “Well, honey,” Grandmother answered, “There’s a good reason for that. God is able to do it because God works from the inside out!”
The same Spirit responsible for the birth of Jesus is also responsible for the birth of the church. Remember – Luke and the Book of Acts were written by the same author and are companion stories – Luke tells the story of what God is doing in and through the life of Jesus. Acts tells the story of the formation of the early church and what God was doing through the Holy Spirit. The birth of the church in the first two chapters of Acts parallels the birth of Jesus in the first two chapters of Luke.