“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.”
We are in days when the understanding of the person of Jesus is becoming more and more important.
The offence of Christianity is centred on Jesus.
Christians are being killed because of Christ, they always have and they always will.
In every walk of life, every culture, every language, this one question eventually has to be answered: so who is Jesus?
Peter helps us today as we refresh ourselves, as we glory in Him, as we savour our Saviour, as we fall in love over and over again in Jesus.
He is anointed, a man just like us, but not like us, set apart in this earth by God.
He was anointed with the Holy Spirit, a strange phrase meaning that he is more than a man, He is the Son of Man, a strange title given to the awaited Messiah. Coming from heaven to earth as the redeemer of earth, this is Jesus.
He was anointed with power to do the supernatural, to do miracles of all kinds, impossible things, amazing works, outlandish huge blow-your-mind works that can only come from God.
Who did good. Wherever He went His focus was not to gain, not to be successful, not to impress, but to do good. To make people happy, peaceful, for them to live with purpose, to heal hurts as well as bodies.
Who healed those held in the power of the enemy, the possessed and the oppressed.
Who had God with him. When you saw him you saw God.
That is who Jesus was and who He is. That is the Jesus we proclaim and must continue do so. That is who people need to see. Let’s make Him clear to all today.