January 13, 2023
By Brooke Holt
“You yourselves know what happened throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John proclaimed: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Acts 10:37-38
Jesus’ baptism inaugurated his public ministry. As we have seen in the prophetic writings of Isaiah, the Lord had been telling people of this day. Jesus’ baptism shows one of the ways he perfectly fulfilled every messianic prophecy. The Holy Spirit descended like a dove to rest on Jesus. In the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus went about doing good work – raising the dead, healing the sick and lame, and setting the oppressed free from the devil.
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the anointing and infilling of the Holy Spirit. Now, we are called to go out and do the work of Christ in the world, to be his hands and feet. Are we doing the good things he would have us do? Are we healing those who are sick? Are we loving the least? Are we praying to see the oppressed set free? Brothers and sisters, the same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead lives in us. Why wouldn’t we do these things?
What holds you back from living in the power of the Holy Spirit, to keep you from doing the Kingdom work that Jesus did? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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