“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert”
Jesus ministry effectively commenced with His baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
- “When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” ( Luke 3:21-22)
Immediately after His baptism and having been filled by the Spirit He was led by the Spirit into the desert. There He resisted temptation and established the core values of His ministry.
- “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert” (Luke 4:1)
Afterwards He was led by the Spirit into ministry – a ministry He exercised in the power of the Spirit.
- “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.” (Luke 4:14)
Very early on He entered a synagogue and claimed the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy.
- “The Spirit of the Lord is on 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 favour.” (Luke 4:18-19)
He would afterwards teach that He spoke and acted only as God, through the Holy Spirit, directed Him.
- “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.” (John 12:49)
- “the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:31)
- “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4)
Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, submitted Himself completely to the will, wisdom and way of God. He did not act on His own accord or for His own benefit and glory. If this was His vision, understanding and practice it would seem unthinkable that we should try to live our lives according to our will, our wisdom and our way and expect God to make everything work out. We are, after all, imperfect people living in an imperfect world and with imperfect understanding, knowledge and wisdom.
Jesus depended completely upon the direction, instruction and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. If we are to be effective in our own life and ministry then it is clear that we should follow His example. This is particularly true when we remember that everything that we do is to be done in His name – that is on His behalf and to His honour and glory.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Ask for God’s guidance and help in everything that you do. Soak in Scripture, Persevere in Prayer, Live in His Light.
Holy Spirit please help me to remember to ask You for Your guidance and help in all that I do, and to follow Your lead. Amen.