All the Power You Need
Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. 14But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” 15But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he permitted Him. 16After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, 17and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Matthew 3:13 - 17 NASB
Who was this man coming to John Baptist? Jesus Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God had given birth to flesh and blood. Jesus was perfection wrapped up in clothes. He had an earthy father, Joseph, who had cared for his physical needs as He grew into a man. An angel told Joseph to serve in this role. Joseph served his Father God in this role. Joseph was an adoptive father. He was obedient to the voice of the Lord telling him to name this baby born – Jesus. The truth is His name was Jesus before the foundations of the world, way before He was ever conceived in his mother Mary’s womb and brought into the natural world as flesh and blood.
People called Him “Immanuel”, meaning “God with us”. He was a very embodiment of the presence of God.
The Magi gave Jesus kingly gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These are precious and of great value. Gifts that would be offered to a King. He was establishing a new Kingdom as the King of Kings. People offered that which was of value on this earth to honor Him who was bringing His rule and reign to a world that needed freedom and liberty from the kingdom of darkness.
Jesus had to be baptized by the Holy Spirit because Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit. John dunked Him under water, but the Holy Spirit came upon Him like a dove. This is a beautiful picture. However, the Holy Spirit is also described as being like fire.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12“His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” Matthew 11: 11-12 NASB
On the threshing floor the edible part is separated from the non-edible part. That which is useful goes into “the barn”, to be used for a specific purpose. Holy Spirit burns up all that is not Spirit. Pride. Wrong motives for serving in the Kingdom. Desire for stuff over Jesus. Religion. All of it burnt up and consumed by Holy Spirit. He has this work in our lives today as we expose ourselves to His power. Just as Jesus needed to be baptized by the Holy Spirit and needed His power, so do we – daily!
This is why forevermore the Holy Spirit is the one who makes Jesus real. He knows Jesus. Holy Spirit illuminated Jesus for all to see. Holy Spirit illuminates Jesus in us for all to see!!! Holy Spirit has come, and continues to come on us as we become aware of him.
There’s an interdependence between Jesus and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit needed Jesus. Jesus needed the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the fulfillment of the law through his birth, life, death, and resurrection. With Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, all mankind could gain access to the full power of the Holy Spirit because the power of the law was broken through the shed blood of Jesus. Man no longer needed to offer sacrifices on this earth for their sins to enter that power. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for us. With confession of our mouths and the belief in His name in our heart, we can become children of God, just as Jesus. We receive salvation from eternal separation from God and freedom from the bondage of sin and the law.
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1: 10-13
As children of God who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we make holy life choices because we are holy. We don’t make holy choices to gain holiness. The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit takes care of sifting out all that is from Jesus, and of Jesus, we we become more like Him in our walk and talk!
So, Jesus is the beginning, the middle, the end. Jesus and the Holy Spirit have always been a part of God. The Holy Spirit of God operated to a measure before Jesus was born, bled and died. However, after Jesus came into this earth, the Holy Spirit had the “right” to move through Jesus in total fullness through his baptism as Jesus said, “… for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” RIGHT-eousness.
What does this mean for us today?! At our submission, yielding, and awareness to the Holy Spirit, we can see him work with Jesus in us. They are partners. Holy Spirit brings fire with him. He brings light to the dark places to reveal that which is Jesus and that which is not Jesus…because He knows Jesus.
He brings power with him in accordance with Jesus’ desire to heal. He bring with him gifts with the desire to reflect Jesus and reveal the person of Jesus. These gifts include: prophecy, diverse kinds of tongues, interpretation of tongues, healings and workings of miracles, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, discerning of spirits, gift of faith. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11) These gifts are present, past, and future-oriented. They operate within and outside of the realm of time and space all with the purpose of revealing Jesus in all His glory.
The “glory” is the sum total of all that God is. The manifestation of what is unseen into what is seen. It is what draws people in, so they can see the difference between the light and the darkness.
As believers, daily encounters with Jesus fulfills the longing in our soul for the union with the Spirit. Jesus in us longs for this daily. Through focusing attention on Him at moments throughout the day and night, and in times of solitude with Him, we find true joy and satisfaction. It’s where the “things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Oh to know Him. He’s all the power we need.