Day 10—Aug 14, 2018
Jesus paved the way for His experience to become our experience.
AS WE START to live out of our baptism in the Holy Spirit, it is necessary for us to have an accurate understanding of what took place at Jesus’ baptism. He is our model and template for the Christian life. In a sense, His baptism is our baptism, not concerning sin, but the Spirit. In Mark 1, we read the following account of Jesus’ baptism in the Spirit: “And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove” (Mark 1: 10 ESV). God was responding to those ancient cries for the heavens to be torn open (rend the heavens). This had been His desire all along. It was only when Jesus came into the picture that Isaiah’s prayer could be fully answered. For the earth to be filled with God’s glory, its inhabitants needed to be first filled with His Spirit. Jesus’ experience had to become our experience in order for us to complete this task. So then, what happened when the heavens were torn open in this act of violence? The Spirit of God came down. This is the answer to Isaiah’s prayer. This is in response to the cries of the kings and prophets who all ached for this day.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING JOHN 14: 12
PRAYER Because of the Holy Spirit living inside of me, I am able to do the very works that Jesus did. His experience is an example for what I should expect from my Christian life. Thank You, Lord, that I can do all things because of Your Presence living within me!