Jesus in the Power of the Spirit

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Luke 4:14-15, 31-37

Because we take Jesus’ deity for granted, we run the risk of overlooking the fact that the human Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit for power in his ministry.

No sooner did the Spirit come upon Jesus than things began to explode. He stood up in the synagogue in his home town of Nazareth and announced, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon us.” He came into Capernaum where the people were “astonished at his teaching for his word was with authority.” When he cast out a demon the flabbergasted people said, “With authority and power he commands the unclean spirits.”

In Acts 10 Luke reports Peter’s words to Cornelius the Centurion, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil” (vv. 35-38, rsv).

If Jesus, the Son of God, carried out his ministry by the power of the Holy Spirit, we would be reckless to live and serve without seeking his aid.


Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Open our eyes to the potential of the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.