Coming Home: Bringing the Power of the Spirit & the Fellowship of the Son Home

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses fourteen through thirty of the fourth chapter. When you come to this particular passage of scripture you will find the baptism of Jesus having been completed and His fulfilling all righteousness. Perhaps the interesting and unique reality concerning the account of Jesus’ baptism at the Jordan River by John the Baptist as recorded by Luke is that Luke didn’t go into as great a detail as the apostle Matthew did. When speaking about the baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River the beloved physician Luke writes and records how Jesus appeared at the river to be baptized by John, he writes how when Jesus emerged from the waters of the river He did so praying unto His Father who was in heaven. What is so unique about the account of Jesus’ baptism which Luke writes is that while Luke doesn’t go into as great a detail as the apostle Matthew did, be nonetheless reveals the fact that the heavens were opened and that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the bodily form of a dove. What’s more, is that like also goes on to record the voice of the Father bursting into the silence and sacredness of the moment to emphatically declare that Jesus was in fact His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased. As he sought to convey the details concerning the baptism of Jesus by John and the Jordan River, the beloved physician Luke made sure to include the details regarding the heavens being opened, the Spirit descending upon Jesus in the bloody form as a dove, as well as the voice of the Father breaking the silence of the moment to not only speak His pleasure and delight in His Son, but to also express His unique relationship with Jesus as His Father. What Luke does which neither Matthew nor John Mark did—at least this early in their gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ—is immediately follow up the words and declaration of the Father concerning Jesus the Christ being His Son with a genealogy which he brings all the way back to Adam in the garden. Immediately following the declaration of the Father that Jesus Christ was indeed His Son, Luke sets forth to express and reveal through lineage and genealogy that Jesus was indeed and was in fact the Son of God.

If you compare and contrast the account which the apostle Matthew wrote concerning Jesus the Christ you will find that Matthew begins with Joseph who was the earthly and natural father of Jesus Christ and traces it all the way back to Abraham. The account which the apostle Matthew set out to reveal was the Jewishness of Jesus, as he sought to trace His lineage and heritage all the way back to Abraham who was the father of the Jewish people. What’s more, is that not only did the apostle Matthew trace Jesus Christ back to Abraham to point to and reveal the fact that Jesus was in fact a descendant is Abraham, but he also included in that genealogy an account of David the king of Israel, as well as various other kings which served the Jewish people to the pre-exile time period. The apostle Matthew set out to point to the Jewishness of Jesus the Christ by tracing His lineage back to Abraham, but the apostle Matthew also sought to reveal and point to the fact that Jesus the Christ was indeed a descendant of David the king of Israel. By doing so, the apostle Matthew reveals and demonstrates the awesome and wonderful fact that Jesus not only fulfills the seed that would be the promise given unto him, but also that Jesus was the Son of David who would one day sit upon the throne of his father David as was prophesied by the law and the prophets. I absolutely love the account with the apostle Matthew sets out to write in his gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, for not only does he point to the fact that Jesus was the fulfillment of the seed of Abraham, but Jesus was also the fulfillment of the son of David who would emerge to sit upon the throne of David forever. THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SEED AND THE SON! What I so appreciate about the genealogical account of Jesus the Christ as written and revealed by the apostle Matthew is that he sets out to point to the awesome reality that Jesus was indeed and was in fact the fulfillment of the promise given unto Abraham and the seed that would be brought forth through his lineage in the earth. Moreover, the apostle Matthew also set out to reveal and demonstrate the fact that Jesus was in fact the son of David, and as such would be the one who would sit upon the throne of his father David forever.

As we read and consider the words which the beloved physician Luke writes and records concerning Jesus the Christ and His baptism at the Jordan River, it is absolutely imperative that we recognize and understand what immediately after writing and recording the voice of the Father breaking the silence and declaring that Jesus was in fact His beloved son in whom he was well pleased, the beloved physician Luke goes on to demonstrate that reality even further through a genealogical account of Jesus by tracing His lineage and heritage all the way back to Adam who was the first man created by God and placed upon the earth. I have to admit that I find it absolutely wonderful and incredible to think about and consider the fact that within the third chapter of the New Testament gospel account written by the beloved physician Luke—not only do we have the declaration of Jesus the Christ as the Son by the Father, but also have this reality demonstrated by Luke through the use of a genealogical record of Jesus the Christ beginning with Joseph who was his earthly father. I find the account which the beloved physician Luke writes within this gospel concerning Jesus the Christ to be absolutely wonderful and incredible, for not do we find Jesus Christ to be declared the Son of God by the Father in heaven Himself, but we also find Jesus the Christ being demonstrated as the Son of God through the genealogical record and account of Jesus the Christ. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we come to terms with this, for this reality will present itself after the genealogical account of Jesus as Luke set out to demonstrate Jesus as the Son of God. If you continue reading the New Testament gospel which the beloved physician Luke wrote you will find that the identity of Jesus the Christ as the Son of God was questioned or brought into question by the devil himself while Jesus was in the wilderness forty days where he was tempted. What’s more, is that as you continue reading the account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as written and recorded by Luke you will find that Luke describes Jesus returning to His hometown of Nazareth where his mother Mary was, where perhaps his brothers and sisters were, and perhaps even where his earthly father Joseph was. I am thoroughly convinced that in order for us to truly understand that which is written and recorded in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we take the time to consider that which is first written and recorded by the beloved physician in the third chapter concerning Jesus as the Son of God. Consider if you will—first the account of Jesus at the waters of the Jordan River where He was baptized by John the Baptist, and secondly the genealogical record of Jesus the Christ as the Son of God through Luke’s use of lineage and heritage going all the way back to Adam who was created by God and placed in the garden of Eden. Beginning with the twenty-first verse of the third chapter you will find both of these accounts as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke:

“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased” (Luke 3:21-22).

“And Jesus Himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Hell, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Neri, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, which was the son of Aminidab, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of Ekström, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Tiara, which was the son of Nachor, which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son fo Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Eno’s, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God” (Luke 3:23-38).

A TALE OF TWO SONS! What is absolutely astonishing, remarkable and intriguing about what we find and read in the third chapter of the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as written and recorded by Luke is that it is essentially a tale of two sons of God—the first son of God which was created from the dust of the earth and breathed into that he might become a living soul, and the second being born and begotten of a virgin in Bethlehem. That which we find and read in the third chapter of the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus as written by the beloved physician Luke is actually quite unique and remarkable, for within it—not only do we find the account of Adam being the son of God created from the dust of the earth, but we also find the account of Jesus the Christ being the Son of God. The fundamental difference between these two sons, however, is that whereas one was created from the dust of the ground by the living God and became a living soul when the Lord breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, the other was born of a virgin and begotten of the Holy Spirit who came upon and overshadowed Mary who was a virgin and had not known a man. This reality is written, expressed and revealed in the first chapter of this New Testament gospel account when the angel Gabriel appeared unto Mary in the town of Nazareth where she was betrothed and espoused to be married to Joseph. If you begin reading with and from the twenty-sixth verse of the first chapter of the New Testament gospel account of Luke you will find an extraordinary account of the visit of the angel Gabriel unto Mary in the town of Nazareth where she was pledged and betrothed to be the wife of Joseph. Consider if you will the words which are found in this first chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke beginning with the twenty-sixth verse:

“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her” (Luke 1:26-38).

Within the encounter between Mary and the angel Gabriel we find it mentioned—not once, but twice—how Jesus Christ would in fact be the Son of God. Initially the angel Gabriel revealed and declared how Jesus would be the Son of the Highest, and then the angel Gabriel would go on to emphatically declare that the holy thing which would be born of her would be called the Son of God. Twice within the same encounter the angel Gabriel emphatically declared concerning JESUS that He would indeed be the Son of God—the Son of the Highest. We dare not miss and lose sight of this reality, for within the angelic encounter between the angel Gabriel and Mary—not only do we find it declared that JESUS would be the Son of God, but we also find it declared that Jesus would be the Son of David. Within the same single encounter which the angel Gabriel had with Mary in the town of Nazareth we find it emphatically declared and proclaimed that she would not only conceive and bring forth the Son of God and the Son of the Highest, but we also find it proclaimed that the child which would be born and conceived of her would be the son of David and would sit upon the throne of David, and how the he would reign over the house of Jacob for ever with a kingdom which shall have no end. Oh, please don’t miss and lose sight of that which is found and written in this encounter between the angel Gabriel and Mary, for within this account we find it wonderfully and powerful demonstrated that JESUS was in fact going to be born the Son of God within and upon the earth. Even before Jesus was born of Mary and laid in a manger because there was no room in the inn, it was declared and proclaimed concerning Him that He would indeed and would in fact be the Son of God, the Son of the Highest. This reality would continue to be expressed within the New Testament gospel of Luke, for when you come to the third chapter of this same New Testament gospel you will find it written how Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by the Father Himself—and not only was Jesus declared to be the Son of God by the Father at the Jordan River, but we also find the Father expressing His great delight and pleasure in the Son at the Jordan River. How absolutely wonderful, remarkable and powerful it is to consider the fact that when we speak of JESUS and the account of His life and ministry as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke, we find the account of the Heavenly Father declaring that He was indeed and was in fact His Son in whom He is and was well pleased. What’s more, is that within the third chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke we find the reality of Jesus the Christ being the Son of God demonstrated by and through the genealogical record which was presented by Luke. This genealogical record was presented by the beloved physician Luke in order that he might demonstrate the Jesus as the Son of God. What’s more, is that within this lineage and genealogical record of Jesus the Christ we find David mentioned, as well as Abraham mentioned. Such a reality not only points once more to JESUS as the fulfillment of the seed of Abraham which would come into the earth, but it would also point to the reality of JESUS as the fulfillment of the son of David who would sit upon the throne over Jacob and reign with a government that would have no end.

I am convinced that in order for us to truly understand that which is found in the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke, it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we understand the identity of Jesus the Christ as the Son of God. We dare not, we cannot, we must not, and we should not make any attempt to understand what is written in the fourth chapter without and apart from reading and considering the words which are found in the first and third chapters of this New Testament gospel. It is what we find and what we read in the first and third chapters of the New Testament gospel of Luke that we come to understand the reality that JESUS was in fact the Son of God, the Son of the Highest. This reality of Jesus as the Son of God is of the utmost importance when reading concerning His temptation in the wilderness during those forty days he dwelt in the desert after being led by the Spirit into the wilderness. If we are going to understand the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, we must first understand the account of Jesus being declared and demonstrated as the Son of God, for it is this reality of Jesus being declared and demonstrated as the Son of God that serves as the forefront of the temptation of Jesus by the devil in the wilderness. Twice within the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by the devil we find the devil calling into question the identity of Jesus as the Son of God, for the devil would point blank use Jesus’ Idenity as the Son of God to tempt Him there in the wilderness. Consider if you will the words which are found within the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel of Luke beginning with the first verse:

“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered. And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve. And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season” (Luke 4:1-13).

There in the wilderness there was not only the temptation of Jesus by the devil, but there was also a showdown of identity, as the devil attempted to use the identity of Jesus to tempt Him. Twice within the account of Jesus being tempted of the devil there in the wilderness we find the devil using His Idenity as the Son of God to attempt to bring Him to the place where He would succumb to the temptation before Him. The first temptation which centered upon the identity of Jesus as the Son of God was the temptation of commanding stones that they be turned into bread, thus fulfilling and satisfying His own natural desires, needs, and wants. The second temptation which centered upon the identity of Jesus as the Son of God was one that would present Him with the option to tempt the Lord and His protection of Him. It’s actually quite interesting to read and consider the third temptation which the devil hurled at and presented unto Jesus, for it was this third temptation that would have at the core and foundation of it the reality of Jesus’ identity as the Son of God, but also an invitation to tempt the Lord concerning His protection. The devil presented Jesus with the opportunity to tempt the Father by thrusting and casting Himself off the pinnacle of the Temple to see whether or not the Father would protect Him by keeping Him from dashing a foot against a stone of the earth. This temptation would be incredibly unique, for on the one hand it could be argued whether or not Jesus would in fact trust in the protection of the Father within His life. A surface reading of this temptation might in fact reveal that it wasn’t all that terrible, and was actually warranted and justified, for not only did it have at the heart of it the identity of Jesus as the Son of God, but it also had within it words written in Scripture, and even a question whether or not one truly trusted in the protection of the Father. If we aren’t careful, it would be very easy to allow ourselves to get caught up in this temptation and to think that Jesus could have very easily given into this final temptation, for not only did the temptation speak of identity, not only did the temptation include the word of God, but the temptation also included a question whether or not Jesus truly trusted in the divine protection of the Father. This temptation would again present itself in the garden of Gethsemane when the apostle Peter drew a sword and struck off the ear of one of the servants of the high priest, and even when Jesus was hanging upon the cross and those before Him, and those crucified beside him declared how He saved others, but would and could not save Himself. The temptation which was presented unto Jesus there in the wilderness wouldn’t necessarily be one where Jesus’ trust in the protection of the Father would be called into question, but whether or not Jesus would tempt the Lord God, and deliberately and intentionally tempt Him in matters of protection over Him. Jesus could have very easily thrust Himself from the pinnacle of the Temple to see whether or not the Father would indeed and would in fact protect Him, however, Jesus refused to give into the temptation—despite the fact that He was the Son of God, despite the fact that what was written in the Scripture was in fact true, and despite the fact that He did in fact trust in the Father completely and implicitly. The question is not whether or not we trust in the divine protection of the Father, but whether or not we will attempt to tempt the Father in matters of His protection over and upon us. It is true we might trust in the divine protection of the Father, but the question is whether or not we can and will tempt Him in order to prove and demonstrate that protection.

When you come to the fourteenth verse of the fourth chapter of the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke you will find Jesus not only returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit, but we also find Jesus returning to His hometown of Nazareth full of the power of the Spirit. This is actually quite interesting, for the fourth chapter begins and opens up with Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost and returning from the Jordan river where He was baptized by John. The first verse opens up with Jesus returning from the Jordan River full of the Holy Ghost and being led by the same Spirit into the wilderness, and in the fourteenth verse we find Jesus returning from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit unto His hometown of Nazareth. RETURNING FROM THE RIVER FULL OF THE SPIRIT! RETURNING FROM THE WILDERNESS IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT! Oh, please don’t miss that which is written and contained within this particular passage of Scripture, for when Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth, not only did He return full of the Holy Ghost after being baptized in the Jordan River, but we also find Him returning in the power of the Spirit after being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. RETURNING HOME BAPTIZED! RETURNING HOME TEMPTED! I can’t help but be absolutely gripped and captivated by that which we find and read in the second portion of this fourth chapter, for when we read of Jesus returning to Nazareth, we find Him returning in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and a certain fame of Him spreading throughout all the region round about. What’s more, is that not only do we find and read how Jesus returned from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit, but we also find something truly unique when Jesus stood up in the synagogue there in the synagogue to read. Luke writes and records how there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah, and how Jesus found the place where it was written concerning the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord. Beginning with the fourteenth verse of the fourth chapter you will find the following words which were written and recorded by Luke:

“And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 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. 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, 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 broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And He closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And He began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:14-22).

I mentioned how it is necessary that we understand that which was written concerning Jesus being the Son of God, and how it is necessary when reading the fourth chapter, and it is quite evident when you consider—not only the temptation in the wilderness, but also His return to His hometown of Nazareth. It would be in the wilderness where there would be a showdown of Idenity, as the devil would seek to tempt Jesus on two fronts using His identity as the Son of God. Undoubtedly the devil was very much aware of Jesus’ experience and encounter there at the Jordan River and sought to exploit His identity as the Son of God through His temptations. What’s more, is that when Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth—not only do we find Him returning in the power of the Holy Spirit, but we also find Him emphatically declaring that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord was upon Him. Please don’t miss this, for not only do we find the reality of Jesus as the Son of God, but we also find the unique relationship between Jesus and the Holy Spirit, as Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit, and as the Spirit was upon Him and had anointed Him. I am absolutely gripped and captivated by that which we find and that which we read in the fourth chapter beginning with the fourteenth verse, for within this passage of Scripture we find Jesus’ unique relationship with the Father, as well as Jesus’ unique relationship with the Spirit of the living God. It would be at the Jordan River where Jesus would hear the voice of the Father emphatically declaring that He was His beloved Son, and it would be after His baptism at the Jordan River that He would return from the Jordan full of the Holy Ghost, and would return the wilderness in the power of the Spirit. What’s more, is that within His hometown—not only did Jesus emphatically declare that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord was upon Him, but He also emphatically declared that the words of the prophet Isaiah were fulfilled in their sight and in their presence on this particular day. There standing before them—although it was one whom they had known all His life—was the One who would fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah which He spoke concerning the presence and anointing of the Holy Spirit of the living God. This is truly unique, for when those in Nazareth heard Jesus’ words concerning that which the prophet Isaiah spoke, and His being the fulfillment of those words on that day, they asked whether or not this was Joseph’s son. Please don’t miss the importance of their question, for within the first three chapters we have learned that Jesus was indeed and was in fact the Son of God, however, those within His hometown could not see Him as the Son of God, nor could they see Him as the fulfillment of that which the prophet Isaiah had prophesied and spoken of centuries earlier. It would be there in Nazareth where Jesus would return in the power of the Spirit, and would declare that the Spirit of the Sovereign Lord was upon Him, and yet those who knew Him, and those who were familiar with Him could not get past the reality that He was the son of Joseph—perhaps even that His mother, His brothers and His sisters were there with them.

What I so love about the account of Jesus the Christ returning to Nazareth, is not only did Jesus return to Nazareth which was His hometown having been baptized in the Jordan River, but He also returned being tempted of the devil in the wilderness over a period of forty days. When Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth—not only did He return with the declaration and proclamation that He was the Son of God, but He also returned in the power of the Spirit. Essentially, when Jesus returned to his hometown of Nazareth—not only did He bring the power of the Spirit with Him to His hometown, but He also brought back with Him the declaration that He was the Son of God, and that the Father was in fact well pleased with Him. RETURNING HOM IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT! RETURNING HOME UNDERSTANDING IDENTITY AS A SON OF THE LIVING GOD! I can’t help but read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and find within it a wonderful and powerful prophetic picture of men and women who might very well be called to return to their hometown, and/or perhaps those places which are familiar with them, and returning—not only baptized in the waters of repentance, but also tempted in the wilderness. I can’t help but find within this passage of Scripture a wonderful and powerful picture of those who might very well be called to return to those places which are familiar to them, and yet returning in the power of the Spirit, and returning in full knowledge that they are in fact sons and daughters of the living God. I absolutely love how Jesus returned home to the town of Nazareth—to the town where His brothers, the town where His sisters, and the town where His mother, and perhaps even His earthly father were—and when he did, he brought the power of the Spirit with Him. What’s more, is that while it is revealed that He returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, he also declared what that power was present to do and accomplish—namely, to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, and to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. It was true that Jesus did in fact return in the power of the Holy Spirit, but it is also true that directly linked and connected to the power of the Spirit was also the idenity as the Son of the living God. There is within this passage of Scripture a wonderful and powerful call to understand who we are as sons and daughters of the living God, but also to move in the power of the Spirit—power that has anointed us to preach the gospel, power that has anointed us to heal the broken-hearted, power that has anointed us to preach deliverance to the captives, power that has anointed us to preach recovering of sight to the blind, power that has anointed us to set at liberty to them that are bruised, and power which has anointed us to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

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