A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for August 07, 2020
|God's Spirit for Jesus|
Text: "The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord-- . . ." Isaiah 11:2
Jesus carried forth His ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit. All through the years of physical development, Jesus lived a normal life. But, as His ministry approached, He battled through the temptation by the devil and was still not quite ready to launch into the preaching of the gospel. He was still lacking the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
The dramatic moment took place in the synagogue in Nazareth. This is what our Lord said:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Theology tells us that Jesus was both fully man and fully God. It is His humanness that requires the power of the Holy Spirit. So Jesus, ever faithful to the Father's plan, waits for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. After the Comforter comes, it is only then that the miracles begin.
The rule has not changed-- once the Holy Spirit has descended upon a person, then the miracles may begin.