When the Holy Spirit is with us
Reading: Luke 4: 14-21
Additional reading: Luke 24: 45-49, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Hymns: 324, 322, 316
Blanks: Spirit, read, good, freedom, fulfilled
What brings you joy?
What brings smile on your face?
What are meaningful enough activities for you?
What does God want you to do?
Why does God place you here or on this world?
What is your mission?
These can produce the same answer.
Now let me ask these to Jesus, get to know him:
What brings Jesus joy?
What brings smile on his face?
What are meaningful enough activities for him?
What did God want him to do with his human life?
Why did God place him in Israel or in this world?
What is his mission?
These may produce the same answer.
Jesus knew what brought him joy.
Jesus knew what God asked him to do.
Jesus knew his meaningful enough activities.
Jesus knew saving the lost souls gave him a great joy and peace.
So Jesus knew what he should do.
As he was doing those things and was happy.
But Jesus didn’t do this ministry alone.
Jesus loved to work with the Holy Spirit and with God the Father.
He wanted to be with them all the time.
The Holy Spirit and God the Father are his best friends.
God the Father predicted that Jesus would work with the Holy Spirit on earth.
God the Father was like: Luke 4:18-19:
“The Holy Spirit will help Jesus to free the oppressed.
The Holy Spirit will help Jesus to heal the sick.
The Holy Spirit will help Jesus to help people to understand God.
The Holy Spirit will help Jesus to help the poor to find the right path to God.”
The Holy Spirit and Jesus watched how God the Father wanted them to work on earth.
Then Jesus cured people with the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 4:23)
Jesus taught God’s way of living, with the Holy Spirit.
The the Holy Spirit and Jesus together showed God’s power.
They did together.
Then God the Trinity was happy.
His students watched how the Holy Spirit and Jesus worked together.
They saw how the Holy Spirit and Jesus used God’s power to help the poor.
Later, they summarized what powers has manifested: (1 Corinthians 12:7-10)
The power of Wisdom, Knowledge, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Discernment, and Faith.
Let’s see how each of these powers manifested in the life of Jesus.
Because Jesus is God, these power manifested perfectly.
Thinking about this, we may guess how these powers may manifest in our life.
Jesus chose his paths according to God’s wisdom.
Jesus lived effectively and served effectively according to God’s wisdom.
Jesus created stories to explain the love of God.
Jesus chose his disciples and apostles.
And he taught them, separately.
Jesus taught God’s words and how God works.
Jesus taught them because he loved them.
Jesus taught them how to discern God’s way of living.
So his students understood who God is and became wise.
Jesus got heavenly knowledge.
That is, he knew things that no human beings told him.
Jesus also knew things without asking questions.
Jesus knew where to go, whom to help, how to help, and what to teach.
So he did those according to God's will.
For example, Jesus knew names of people: e.g., Simon, Zacchaeus.
Jesus also knew God’s plan for Peter, Zacchaeus and others.
Jesus even knew that Peter would deny him three times and then hear that the rooster crows for the second time.
Jesus also knew that Judas Iscariot would betray him.
Jesus knew things.
Let me tell you another story to help you understand that: Matthew 17:24-27
Now at this time Jesus and his disciples came back to Capernaum, the hometown of Peter.
The collectors of temple tax came to Peter and asked:
“Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
In those days, Jewish people paid temple tax “two-drachma” to support their temple.
“Yes, he does.”
Then Peter came to the house where Jesus was.
Jesus knew the conversation that Peter had outside.
Jesus first asked:
“What do you think, Simon?
From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes?
Do they collect taxes from their own children or from others?”
Jesus was like:
“Right, then the children are exempt.
We are God’s children as we listen to God and obey God.
So we don’t need to pay the temple tax.
But we do not cause offense.
So, go to the lake and throw out your line.
Take the first fish you catch.
Open its mouth.
You will find a four-drachma coin.
Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
Peter caught the fish, opened its mouth, found money to pay the temple tax.
Jesus knew things.
Next, Jesus healed many people with the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus felt compassion on people, he taught them and healed them.
Jesus healed them because he loved them.
When Jesus wanted to heal, all those who touched him were healed.
Next, Jesus and the Holy Spirit performed miracles.
So, Jesus walked on water, turned water into wine, and multiplied foods and fed thousands of people.
Next Jesus and the Holy Spirit prophesied.
Jesus knew what would happen to the Jewish temple in future.
Jesus told his students about his death and resurrection.
Jesus told his students about his second coming.
Jesus informed Peter and other people about their future, too.
Jesus knew how Peter and other disciples would glorify God.
Jesus spoke God’s plan for them.
Next Jesus and the Holy Spirit discerned:
Jesus discerned and understood the way of the cross.
As for me, this is the most amazing.
How could he figure out that he would die and rise again?
Jesus understood the way of God.
He understands how the kingdom of God works.
Jesus also understood when to heal:
For example, when Lazarus was ill, Jesus didn’t come to heal his friend.
Instead, he waited until he died.
Then he came to raise him from the death.
Because that was the will of God.
Next, Jesus and the Holy Spirit had faith:
In faith, Jesus started his ministry and believed what he could finish his ministry of salvation.
Because he had faith, Jesus didn’t worry about money and other things.
In faith, Jesus called his 12 and 70 students to do what he was doing.
In faith, Jesus sent them two by two to do what he did including healing.
Jesus believed they could do that.
So they did, as the faith of Jesus enabled them to preach and heal people.
In faith Jesus spoke to a fig tree to wither as the tree only had leaves and not fruits.
This is to warn his students that God would not use the temple anymore.
So the fig tree withered.
Jesus worked with the Holy Spirit.
So Jesus wanted his students to receive the Holy Spirit.
Jesus asked them to wait together for the Holy Spirit.
So they waited in Jerusalem.
They didn’t need to run around to experience the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit would come and find them and empowered them.
At the Pentecost, they received the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus.
So since they knew Jesus, they understood the Holy Spirit.
They could work together with the Holy Spirit and to serve God.
Then they were able to heal people again.
Jesus says that his students should stay with the Holy Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to work through them, as the Holy Spirit gives heavenly powers to each person according to God’s plan.
The Holy Spirit can help them to live the life of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit knows what kinds of ministry we would do in future.
So the Holy Spirit gives God’s wisdom to this person.
The Holy Spirit gives God’s knowledge to that person.
The Holy Spirit gives good ideas to this person
The Holy Spirit gives a gift of faith.
The Holy Spirit gives a gift of discernment.
The Holy Spirit helps us make good choices.
The Holy Spirit gives visions, hopes, imaginations and energy.
The Holy Spirit gives us God’s words.
The Holy Spirit speaks, so that we may know God’s vision and God’s dreams.
The Holy Spirit helps us, so that we may speak God’s words, and do God’s works together.
Then we may heal people and change communities.
We may work together wisely and serve God.
So Christians have to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, then we may live like Jesus.
But who is this Holy Spirit?
Just like Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is God.
So we respect and worship the Holy Spirit.
We listen to the Holy Spirit and obey.
The Holy Spirit is gentle and humble.
When we worship the Holy Spirit, we become like the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit is our friend, we become like the Holy Spirit.
When we become like the Holy Spirit, we work with the Holy Spirit so well.
When we work with the Holy Spirit, we again become like the Holy Spirit.
That is, we become gentle and humble.
When we become the Holy Spirit, we have love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control: Galatians 5:22-23.
Those who work with the Holy Spirit become like the Holy Spirit.
Those who become like the Holy Spirit may truly use the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit in God’s way.
The Holy Spirit is the person who has good character and personality.
The Holy Spirit is love, the person of love.
So when we know the Holy Spirit, we become patient.
We love together and work together.
So when the Holy Spirit helps the church, we have Koinonia, true friendship and true companionship among us.
Because the Holy Spirit loves us, we may also love the Holy Spirit and people.
Again when we understand the Holy Spirit, we may work with the Holy Spirit.
Otherwise, we may grieve the Holy Spirit.
We may ask the Holy Spirit to do what we want.
But we should ask the Holy Spirit for do what God wants.
If we don’t do that, the Holy Spirit may step back a bit or move away.
Them we may feel lost.
So Christians are happy when they understand the Holy Spirit and asks the Holy Spirit to do what God wants.
When we understand and know what the Holy Spirit likes and does not like, we may expect God’s power to manifest in the right way.
We understand how to use the power that the Holy Spirit gives us.
The Holy Spirit also helps us to work together with the Holy Spirit.
Then when the Holy Spirit considers this church to be his home, the Holy Spirit may bring God’s great wave here.
When the Holy Spirit works, we may notice and understand.
When the Holy Spirit works in our minds, we may understand our experience.
Then we may work better with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit always speaks to us like this:
“God loves you.
You are God's children.
I am here to help.
I can do all things.
But I am also the Person God.
So I want you to understand me, because then I can really help you.”
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus who teaches us about Jesus the Son of God.
So we welcome the Holy Spirit here.
We want the Holy Spirit to work freely and do God’s works here.
The Holy Spirit is God who can do all things.
When we know Jesus, we get to know the Holy Spirit.
When we know the Holy Spirit, we know Jesus.
When we are with Jesus, we are with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit work together with us.
When we work together with the Holy Spirit, we work together with Jesus.
May the Holy Spirit work here with us.
May the Holy Spirit help us understand him.
May we follow the Holy Spirit.
May the Holy Spirit walk with us comfortably.
May we serve God together with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit.
May we understand and live with the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, help us to serve you, as your church.
Help us ride the waves of the Holy Spirit and travel with you.
In Jesus name, we pray.