Jesus raised the dead, gave sight to the blind, healed the sick, made the lame walk and turned water into wine. But how exactly did Jesus do all these things? The Bible gives us a clear answer.
- He did so “..in the power of the Spirit…” (Luke 4:14)
- In Jesus’ own words, he could do all these things because “The Spirit of the Lord is on me…” (Luke 4:18)
- Jesus claimed to do what he did “…by the Spirit of God…” (Matthew 12:28)
First Jesus was born of the Spirit (Matthew 1:18). Then he was water baptized (Matthew 3:13). After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him (Matthew 3:16). This is where Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a supernatural life. Before this experience we have no record of Jesus doing any miracles. After this experience his life is marked by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. As a result he very effectively pointed many people to God.
Just about every day of my life I ask God to fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit (the same power Jesus had) so that I too, can effectively point the lost towards God (like Jesus did). I would encourage you to do the same! We can’t accomplish the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in our power and strength, but with the power of the Holy Spirit we have more than all we need.