14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit. I love that Jesus, this man, was reliant on the Spirit of God. He is our model of faith and relationship with God our Father, and this relies on being ‘in the power of the Spirit’. All too often I find myself pushing in with my own efforts, trying desperately to get a supernatural result with only natural means, my efforts. But here Jesus is in the power of the Spirit. I can be in the power of the Spirit, you can be in the power of the Spirit.
Father help each of us to experience being in the ‘power of the Spirit’ each and every day – through His wisdom, grace, love, miracles, healings, insight and power and may we bring about supernatural results!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta