…You won’t succeed by might or by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Armies. Zechariah 4:6 GW
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was totally dependent on the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father. Everything about Him, from His conception to His resurrection, was a result of the Spirit’s work. Scripture says…
• He was conceived by the Spirit – Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:31-35.
• He was led by the Spirit – Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:1.
• He was empowered by the Spirit – Luke 4:14, 18-19; John 3:34.
• He was taught by the Spirit and obeyed Him – John 5:19-20, 30; 14:10.
Carefully meditate on Jesus’ declaration of dependence:
I can guarantee this truth: The Son cannot do anything on his own. He can do only what he sees the Father doing. Indeed, the Son does exactly what the Father does. The Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing…. I can’t do anything on my own. As I listen to the Father, I make my judgments. My judgments are right because I don’t try to do what I want but what the one who sent me wants. (John 5:19-20, 30 GW)
What is the Holy Spirit revealing to you about Jesus’ relationship with Him? How does this encourage and challenge you?
Adapted from The Holy Spirit: An Introduction (Messenger International, 2013).