Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Spirit of the Lord upon Jesus
Luke 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
For the third time in this chapter we find that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Jesus. See verses 1, 14, 18
If the work facing the Lord was important enough that He required the Spirit's filling, shouldn't we see the need of the filling of the Holy Ghost for the work which is before us?
What was the work set before Jesus that required Heaven's unction?
1. He was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2. Upon completion of the temptation, He went into the Galilee to teach in the synagogues.
3. He would preach the gospel to the poor, heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover sight to the blind, set at liberty them that are bruised and preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Any one of those tasks would be a tall order, but He had many things to accomplish for the Father.
You are I will no doubt be tasked by the Father today for some of these same assignments. Let's pause right now to see to it that we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Father of Lights, we come to you today confessing our faults. Cleanse us in the blood shed by thy holy Son. Fill us with the power of the Holy Spirit, move upon us, grant us your presence for all we have to do for you today. Guide us to the neediest souls. Give us the words to say. Convict and draw them to yourself. Open all the right doors and let us boldly step through them. May we be effective for you as your Spirit works through us. Thank you for filling and using us! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen!