Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and newsÂ about him spread through the whole countryside. – (Luke 4:14)
Galilee is the place of Jesus’ ministry. Luke is telling us thatÂ Jesus is conceived by the Spirit, announced by the Spirit throughÂ several witnesses, affirmed by the Spirit at his baptism, and ledÂ by the Spirit through his temptation. Now, after his victory overÂ Satan in the wilderness, Jesus begins his ministry in the power of
the Holy Spirit. This note is crucial because of its connection toÂ the early believers in the book of Acts.
The Holy Spirit is Jesus’Â gift of presence and power to his followers. The Spirit empowersÂ them and fills them and leads them as they share the story of JesusÂ fearlessly with all people. That same Holy Spirit longs to do theÂ same thing through us today.
We can be Jesus’ witnesses, beginningÂ where we are, moving into the surrounding region, and ultimatelyÂ touching all the world because of the Holy Spirit working in us andÂ through us. And when we have those doubts that inevitably creepÂ into our hearts, we can remember what the Spirit did through JesusÂ and realize the Spirit longs to do the same things through usÂ today.
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Almighty God, empower us — your children, Jesus’ followers,Â your Church — with the Holy Spirit. Convict and motivate us to beÂ witnesses to the things Jesus did while on earth and what he isÂ doing now in our own lives. Do what you want to do through us andÂ to your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.