Holy Spirit used His power to Help Jesus accomplish the Father’s will in His earthly ministry. Here are several examples.
Matthew 4:1-11 (NIV)
Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness
4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
By the Holy Spirit’s power Jesus was able to endure a long fast and still resist all of satan’s temptations, physical, emotional and spiritual. Jesus was victorious and overcame him. And by God the Holy Spirit’s power, Jesus’ needs were taken care of. Here is another example.
Luke 4:17-21 (NIV)
17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
All these things came true. Filled with the Holy Spirit’s power, Jesus preached the gospel to the poor. Most were poor physically, but all were poor spiritually. Jesus preached the good news of freedom from the penalty of sin, and of being with God forever. His healing set people free who were oppressed physically by disease, and by deafness and blindness. He freed people from spiritual oppression by casting out demons. The power of the Holy Spirit enabled Jesus to fulfill the Father’s will in His time among us.
In upcoming blogs, I’ll show some examples of how the power of the Holy Spirit is used to help Jesus in His role as the head of the church, and how Spirit uses His power to help believers.
In Jesus’ love and ministry,
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