What Does Luke 4:14 Mean?

And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Luke 4:14(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

At His baptism the Lord Jesus was endowed with the Holy Spirit when the Spirit of God descended upon Him in bodily form, like a dove.. after which Jesus, Who had been filled with the Holy Spirit was led away from the Jordan River into the wilderness, where He fasted for forty days and was tempted of Satan - and triumphed.

At the beginning of His ministry we discover the Lord Jesus to be both supported by the Spirit and led by Him, but after passing the testings in the wilderness we discover the Lord Jesus was further empowered by the Holy Spirit, for we read that: He returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit.

The Lord Jesus is the perfect example of a Man who walked in spirit and truth. He is a Man who models how our lives should be lived. Jesus is the ideal blueprint of a life submitted to the Holy Spirit - a life that is sanctioned by the Spirit of God.

Jesus is the representative Man Who demonstrates to you and to me how we should live our lives, for His was a life that was attentive to the Holy Spirit and willingly obeyed God's Word - a life that prayed in the power of the Spirit and a life that in thought, word and deed did only those things He heard from God - as led by the Spirit to the honour of the Father. Whatsoever the Lord Jesus said and did was done to the praise and glory of God.

And so empowered; filled; led and supported by the Holy Spirit, we discover Jesus to be the only Man Who from the beginning to the end of His life, freely chose to walk in spirit and truth, and freely chose to fully submit to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the only Man Who ever lived His life in total dependence upon His heavenly Father - demonstrating to us how God desires all men to live.

We see the Lord Jesus at the start of His ministry returning to Galilee in the power of the Holy Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district, as He set out on His long, three year trek to the Cross - where as the sin-substitute for the whole world He would pay the price for your sin and mine - so that whosoever believes on HIM would not perish but have everlasting Life.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus lived His life in the power of the Holy Spirit as the perfect example of how I should live my life. I pray that I may walk in spirit and truth and submit each day to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit - in total dependence upon You. Thank You that I was placed into the body of Christ when I first believed and thank You that by faith I have Your life within. I pray that from this day forward.. I will choose to willingly walk in spirit and truth, as the Holy Spirit leads, guides, fills and empowers me. This I ask in Jesus name, AMEN.

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