February 16th, 2020 | Chad Gardner
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.
Jesus and his disciples would talk about things. They had been living life together for three years. Jesus had told them that he was leaving; that he would die. This of course saddened the disciples, but Jesus assured them that he would send a helper, the holy spirit. The holy spirit would be better than his physical presence.
Better together. God’s presence is with you. You are not alone. His very presence is with you wherever you go.
When Jesus was in a room, he was always present with everybody in room. He was not distracted. He knew them each more than they knew themselves. He was always present. Jesus knew he had to leave so his disciples, and believers even now, would be better together with his presence always.
Take a breath, God is with you.
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
Jesus, for 40 days, was with the devil. He was full of the holy spirit and led to the wilderness. Jesus understood that he had God’s presence with him.
And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country.
In the wilderness, he was tempted forty days without food. But he was not alone. He came to Galilee empowered by the holy spirit.
The power of the spirit is inseparable from the spirit.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!”
Jesus was so full of the presence of God, that the unclean spirits recognized him and could not stay in his presence.
Luke 5: 16
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.
The presence of God is an important, recurring theme. Jesus sets the example for intimacy with God, if we will surrender to it. Even when surrounded by crowds, he found time to be alone in the presence of God. Jesus always did exactly what he was supposed to do.
If we take time to acknowledge that we are better together with God, then his presence will reveal his power, and people will notice. People will know that something is different, inexplicable, except by the power of God.
The community needs to see the presence and power of God.
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
Jesus knew that God’s presence was important. He spent all night in prayer before choosing his disciples.
And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
His presence leads to his power being displayed.
Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
Knowing the Bible, going to church, being nice… these are fine, but obedience to Christ is key.
When we learn to acknowledge the presence of God in our lives, then we can experience the power of God to live out his purpose for us.
The presence and power of the holy spirit leads to living with purpose.
Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.
Jesus knew he would heal the dead son to glorify God; to show what he came to do, what only Jesus could do.