Daily reading: Luke 4:14-30
Sunday January, 15, 2017

Focus passage: Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  Luke 4:1

The passage for today begins with these words “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee.”

Luke tells us that after Jesus was baptized, he was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit and there he was tempted for forty days by the devil.

After the forty days Jesus “returned in the power of the Spirit.”

Jesus’ actions from the moment he emerged from the baptismal waters of Jordan River have been because he has followed the Spirit.  It sustained him in the wilderness for forty days as he fasted and was tempted and it now sends him to his home town of Nazareth to preach in their synagogue.

This same Spirit has been on the move, even before Jesus began his public ministry.  It overcame Mary, it filled her cousin Elizabeth, it rested on Simeon and then Luke tells us that it came down on Jesus the moment he emerged from the waters of the Jordan and said “You are my Son, whom I dearly love; in you I find happiness.”

One thing is clear, Luke wants us to know that the Spirit is the driving power in his gospel account. 

Prayer: Compassionate God, help me to fully see other’s that have been hidden from my sight.  Help me to be present in their struggles and empower me to be moved by the Spirit.  Amen.


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