Daily Spirit & Word 503:
Jesus gives a new power and authority.
40 Days With Jesus:
Day 19: New Power And Authority. John 20:22-23.
Good morning my friends, well we had a fantastic day out with our grandchildren at Leeds Castle in Kent yesterday. This time we ventured inside the castle and the living quarters of the ancient previous owners. It’s amazing! I’ll share some pictures on a linked page soon. But I sat there amazed and thinking back what it must have been like to live in the days when you felt so threatened and fearful of loosing your position in life that you had to build a huge castle and dig a mote around about it to keep your enemies out. In some places here in London, people are resorting to this fortress mentality, secure gates with security guards on their properties. Electrified perimeter fences, security cameras, guard dogs etc… We are living in a time when some people feel just as insecure. However, today we’re going to see that no Christian ever needs to feel like that, because we’ve got Jesus own POWER and AUTHORITY in life today.
But we’re back again on track with 40Days with Jesus. Day 19 is all about the POWER and AUTHORITY that Jesus give to those who’re following and submitting to Him as Lord and Saviour.
John 20:22-23 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Fuel For The Journey.
Have you ever been driving and realised that you’re running out of fuel with many miles to go? I can’t tell you how many times we’ve arrived somewhere on mere petrol fumes 🙂 God is so amazing in the way He answers our prayers. However, the Christian life is a bit like that too, we need fuel for our Christian journey through life: However, most Christians forget to get fueled up in the mornings before they head out into the world and face God’s new day. They didn’t get their Daily Bread inside them, the are Spiritually malnourished. However, God wants you to know today my friends, that when He calls you to do things for Him and for His Kingdom, He’s also going to give you the POWER to be able to do it and the AUTHORITY to complete the task.
Yesterday we saw that Jesus commissioned the Disciples with their Mission Purpose in Life: today we’re going to discover that Jesus, having commissioned them, now gives them the POWER and the Authority to complete His Mission.
How did Jesus give this POWER?
He breathed on the Disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. We’re immediately filled with questions as believers today. Was this the filling of the Spirit or an Anointing of the Spirit. Well my friends, we know that it wasn’t until 40 days after this meeting with Jesus that we know the Disciples were finally equipped with POWER from on High. (Acts 2). So what was happening here. It’s akin to Jesus sending the disciples out as He did earlier with His Authority to Heal, Deliver and set people free. He was anointing them with the Holy Spirit. We see this same kind of anointing throughout the Old Testament as well, when people are anointed by the LORD for His purposes. They’re given a special ability, knowledge etc to complete the tasks they are called to. Jesus is only doing here, what He’s done thousands of times before. Remember Jesus is the LORD on earth, the resurrected LORD.
Jesus breathed on His disciples and said “Receive the Holy Spirit”
This breathing NEW LIFE into the Disciples reminds us how the LORD has done it before; In Genesis when He gave LIFE to Adam by breathing life into Him. This breath is the ruach the breath of God, the Holy Spirit.
One of God’s Names in Ancient Hebrew is: Ruach Elohim (The Breath of God is the Spirit of God).
Job 33:4 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Also there are many places in the Bible where it refers to the RUACH (Breath of God’s Spirit).
Jesus was giving them the anointing of the Holy Spirit, but soon they would be indwelt with the Holy Spirit, which is significantly different than mere anointing.
Anointing (Knowing Holy Spirit: before Spirit Birth).
We can know this Anointing today:
Many times people will come into a time of worship and say, “I could feel the presence of God”, often times these people are NOT Christians, but they can feel God’s presence. Many people assume they are Christian because they’ve felt God’s presence and the power of the Holy Spirit. But here in the Bible we see that even before the Lord’s own disciples are born from above, indwelt with His Holy Spirit, that they too can feel and know His anointing and empowering. It’s amazing and it’s confused thousands into wrongly thinking they are born again, just because the’ve felt the Spirit.
To clarify my friends, we are ‘Born Again’ after;
- We’ve Been Enlightened about our NEED of Salvation from Sin by God’s Holy Spirit. Through the proclamation of the Gospel and the Holiness of God. (God primarily uses His Word and Commandments to bring about this knowledge of our need of Jesus).
- We’ve Believed in Jesus Death on the Cross for our sins. (But belief alone will not save us).
- We’ve Repented of those Sins and put our TRUST (Faith) in Jesus Death for Us. (We are saved by God’s GRACE through FAITH).
- We’ve Received Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour. (We receive Jesus by an act of faith John 1:12-13).
When we’ve done and experienced all these things, then the LORD Himself will send the Holy Spirit into our lives and give us the required NEW BIRTH (We’ll be Born Again by God’s Holy Spirit)
It’s important to know the difference between Anointing and New Birth. It’s also important to realise that many people all over the earth today can feel and know God’s Spirit and not be born of His Spirit.
Luke 24:36-53 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.
38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?
39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.
41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.
44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”
45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.
51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.
52 Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Luke’s Gospel tells us much more about what Jesus said and did in this Resurrection encounter in the Locked Room with the Disciples. Here Luke explains the indwelling of God’s Spirit at Pentecose, they were to remain in Jerusalem until they were equipped with POWER from on High. It’s very different from the breath of God, the Holy Spirit of God that Jesus just breathed on them. This reception of the Holy Spirit was a foretaste of what was to come at Pentecost (Acts 2) when they’d know the full indwelling power anointing and new birth.
“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49.
Points To Ponder:
- Have you felt the powerful presence of God’s Holy Spirit?
- Have you been ‘born again’ by God’s Holy Spirit?
- Are there still areas of your life that you need the Spirit’s POWER to come in and take over?
- Why not invite the Holy Spirit to fill you with His life giving presence and His power and anointing to be able to be the person the Lord Created you to be?
- Which fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) would you like more of in your life today?
Dear Lord Jesus Christ. I realise that it’s possible to feel the Holy Spirit before I’ve been born of the Spirit. Please enable me to know by Your Spirit today if I’ve really trusted in You as Lord of my life. Amen.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I’ve trusted You for Salvation and that I’ve been born of Your Holy Spirit, please come into every area of my life and help me to submit it entirely to Your Lordship today. Amen.
Which of the two prayers above can you own and pray today?
Have an awesome Sunday with Jesus my friends,
P.S. More Later on this subject.