Monday, February 19, 2018
Jesus Depends on the Spirit
Day 5—Read Luke 4
The mission statement of the Lexus automobile is compelling: the relentless pursuit of perfection. Businesses, corporations, hospitals, and churches craft mission statements. But did Jesus have a mission statement? Yes. He quoted it in Luke 4:18-19. God, His Father, spoke Jesus’s mission statement through the prophet Isaiah.
“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,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19/Isaiah 61:1,2
Did you notice the source of Jesus’s message and miracles? “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me…” In Luke 4:1 Jesus is led by the Spirit. In Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. Now in Luke 4:18-19 He confesses that His entire Messianic ministry will be accomplished in the power of the Spirit – The Spirit.
Jesus is the second Person of the Holy Trinity in human form. Jesus is God in the flesh. Yet, Jesus, like us, depended on the Holy Spirit to accomplish His mission on earth. Jesus was guided by the Word of God (the Isaiah passage) and human Jesus was enabled by the power of the Spirit. You, my friend, have the same Scriptures (and more!) and the same Spirit that Jesus had.
What do we learn? We can accomplish our mission just as Jesus accomplished His mission. Why? Because we have the guidance of God’s Word and we have the power of the Holy Spirit. We can become a “community of servants.” Whatever God calls us to do and whatever challenges we face, we have both Word and Spirit—the same resources Jesus Himself had. Live your life with confidence and joy.