Day 12 - the Spirit in the life of Jesus
In your own words ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying through His Word, and give thanks for the Holy Spirit that is empowering you to walk with Him after this devotional is done. Then read these verses (out loud if you are able).
Luke 3:21-22, 4:1-2 (NLT)
21 One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” …1 Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2 where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
As Jesus is baptized, the heavens open, and the Spirit is seen descending upon Him like a dove. The Father is heard as He declares to all that Jesus is His loved Son who brings Him great joy. What an incredible moment for all who were there to see how Jesus was in step with the Father and the Spirit. One of the commands to Jesus’ followers is to be “filled” with the Spirit (Eph 5:18-21). When we look at the life of Jesus, we begin to understand exactly what this looks like. Luke records that at this point Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that was at work in the birth of Christ comes and rests upon Him. The hand of God is at work in every step Jesus takes and everything He does. Jesus intimately knows, trusts and willingly follows the Holy Spirit even as He is led is into the wilderness. The Triune God does not act haphazardly or unknowingly but rather with love and righteous intention, and Jesus knows that even in the wilderness God’s plan of saving grace continues to unfold. Wherever the Spirit leads us, even through suffering, trial or death, the end is always life.
If Jesus is the model for what it means to be filled with the Holy Spirit, what can we learn here from His life and example? Has God ever led you into what felt like a wilderness? How have you seen God work through that?
Praise God for how you see the Holy Spirit at work at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Then thank God for how He has led and sustained you through suffering and trials. If you are going through a time like that right now, place your hope in the Triune God and express to Him what you need. End by reflecting on how God is leading you toady by His Spirit and then confessing to God your desire to go where He leads, knowing that He will be with you through it all.