It is interesting that Jesus’ last words to His disciples before His ascension were “wait.”
“On one occasion, while He was eating with them, He gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)
A few verses down, Jesus then tells them that when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit, they would receive power. (Acts 1:8)
The Greek word for “power” is “dunamis,” meaning “might, power, marvelous works.” This power is “might, ability, efficacy, energy, physical power, and force.”
The Holy Spirit is the needed power to carry out your calling in life effectively.
The events that precede the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will help uncover the power the believers received.
The manifestation the believer’s received was the ability to speak in tongues. When those who were not part of the meeting heard what was going on, they ran in and exclaimed that they were drunk. (Acts 2:5-13)
Peter stood up and began to preach a powerful message about what was going on, with boldness and clarity. This was the same Peter that denied Jesus three times before His crucifixion, the same Peter who received the revelation of who Jesus was and later said “this must not happen,” when Jesus talked about the things to come. (Matthew 16:16, Matthew 16:22)
Anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter stood up and preached a bold message, but it didn’t stop there. If you read through the book of Acts, you will see the signs, wonders and miracles that followed the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit amplifies ministry and empowers you to carry out the will of the Father.
Jesus did not begin His ministry until He was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
In the Gospel accounts, we read of Jesus being baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit. After this, Jesus began to heal, cast out demons, and turn water into wine.
In Matthew 4, we see that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus counteracted each temptation with “it is written.”
“But Jesus was also God, so He was able to withstand the temptations. That’s why He was without sin.”
I’ve also heard the statement that it really wasn’t a temptation since He was also fully God. The term “temptation” itself is indication that He was tempted. If He wasn’t tempted, there was no reason to mention being led into the wilderness. He was without sin because of the power from the Holy Spirit.
Let’s read a few verses concerning Jesus’ humanness.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, NIV)
“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name ‘Jesus.’” (Luke 1:31, Luke 2:7, NIV)
“But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:7, NIV)
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” (1 John 4:2, NIV)
Each of these verses indicate that Jesus came to earth as a man. He was fully God, but also fully man, therefore He was subject to the same temptations we were, yet He was without sin. Jesus came as the sin offering to connect us back into a personal relationship with the Creator. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, but he relied on the Holy Spirit to lead Him throughout His ministry.
As you follow me, you’ll see that I tend to refer back to John 2:5 often, however, it is a crucial key to how Jesus walked.
At the wedding in Cana, the party goers ran out of wine. Jesus’ mother, Mary, told the disciples to “do whatever He tells you.” Jesus, later in the book of John, tells us His secret: He does what the Father tells Him to do. This is the same way our ministry as Christians is effective, it’s how signs, wonders and miracles follow those who believe.
The Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ ministry. Jesus, as our example of how we should walk, walked filled with the Spirit of God. When Jesus told His disciples to not leave Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit, He was giving the power behind His ministry. He knew the depth of fleshly struggle. He also knew that without the power, the disciples would be ineffective.
“With three and a half years of excellent discipleship under his belt, Peter learned the harsh truth we have all confronted—it’s one thing to know the Word of God, but it’s quite another to obey it. Even the best discipleship training and spiritual accountability proved insufficient for Peter, because no outward teaching can compare to the inward power of the Holy Spirit….Through His physical body, Jesus could be a mentor, a teacher, preacher and friend to the disciples, but he couldn’t produce change from the inside out. This would be for the Spirit to accomplish just as God had planned from all eternity.” (Jim Cymbala, Spirit Rising)