Truth Point #1: Everybody is driven by something or someone.
Scripture Reading Luke 4:14-21, ESV
Luke was not always concerned about his gospel being perfect chronological order. Such is the case with this text. At first glance it seems VS16-30 took place immediately following Jesus’ temptation. That is not the case.
Luke skips over Jesus’ first full year of ministry giving it only two sentences VS14-15. The first four chapters of the Gospel of John fills in the details.
Wind In The Sails
The driving force in Jesus’ life was The Holy Spirit of God.
Luke is known as The Gospel of The Spirit because he calls our attention to His ministry more than any other Gospel.
The Spirit sparked Jesus’ physical life in Mary’s womb.
The Spirit coming upon Him at His baptism identified Jesus as The Messiah.
The Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.
Luke is careful to record that as Jesus left His wilderness experience to begin His ministry, it was The Holy Spirit that was “filling” Him.
prompted Jesus to travel to Galilee…
empowered the ministry that was generating buzz throughout the whole region…
enlightened the hearts of people Jesus taught in the synagogues so that He found favor with them.
…as was His custom, VS16 He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Luke takes us into the middle of that day’s service as Jesus is called upon to bring the reading of The Prophets. Isaiah 61:1-2.
The eyes of everyone were fixed on Jesus and He began His talk by saying… Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
There could be no misunderstanding. Jesus was claiming that the “Me” in the Isaiah passage was Himself.
He was the One who would preach the gospel to the poor
He would heal the brokenhearted
He would preach deliverance to the captives
He would give recovery of sight to the blind
He would preach the acceptable year of the Lord
How would Jesus do these things?
Truth Point #2: The text is clear. He would do these things through the indwelling power and presence of The Holy Spirit.
The Spirit would act as the “WIND” in His sails, filling Him with power beyond the flesh, driving Him toward His purpose, becoming the sacrifice for human sin.
The Spirit was upon Him.
The Spirit had anointed Him.
The Spirit had sent Him.
Truth Point #3: Apart from The Spirit’s involvement, the work would be done in human flesh which does NOT have the resource for Spiritual work.
If Jesus required, the indwelling presence and power of The Holy Spirit to accomplish what The Father had for Him… how much more do we need His presence and power to walk with Christ and fulfill His purposes in us?
Thank God, the same Spirit that led Jesus in His life and ministry lives within each of us, who follow Jesus, and His power is available to drive our life and ministry too.
Being Filled w/The Spirit – Ephesians 5:18
Truth Point #4: Being filled with The Spirit isn’t about getting more of The Spirit inside of you, its about you giving more of yourself to Him.
When you give yourself to The Spirit, He works from the depths of your being to remove: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strive, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.
He works to bring His fruit to full bloom in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
Does The Spirit do this by Himself, or is there something required of me?
Truth Point #5: The Holy Spirit’s work of transformation is fueled by our obedience to the truth revealed in God’s Word and His promptings in our soul.
To walk in obedience is to walk in submission to The Spirit and thus to be filled with The Spirit. To choose another path is to Grieve or Quench The Spirit.
Grieving The Spirit = doing what God says not do.
Quenching The Spirit = not doing what God says do.
A life lived in step with The Spirit requires us to turn our back on The Works of the flesh, embracing the truths of The Word and promptings of The Spirit.
This is a position of submission wherein we give ourselves to His control rather than driving our lives according to the flesh.
In His flesh, Jesus lived in constant surrender to The Spirit, and thus enjoyed every resource needed to fulfill every part of The Father’s will for His life.
The will of The Father for Jesus was that He give His body and blood as the once for all time, sacrifice for human sin. Jesus neither grieved nor quenched The Spirit but, found power by The Spirit to endure in His flesh what otherwise could not be endured.
He went to the Cross
He received the sin of the world into His body
In His body, He absorbed the full wrath of God for that sin
Through the sacrifice of His body and the shedding of His blood, Jesus paid sin’s price in full and built a bridge between sinful man and Righteous God that allows sinners to be made right with Him.
Each month as we receive the bread and the up it is an opportunity for us to:
worship Jesus for His incredible love.
examine our lives to see if we are walking in the Spirit or living by the Flesh.
renounce our sins and find cleansing, and intimacy with God.