Day Nineteen: Going Straight For It
December 19, 2019
By Cindi Fain
By Cindi Fain
Luke 3:16 NIV
16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire.
The supernatural power of God surrounds the birth of His Son Jesus! Before He was born, there were prophecies such as Isaiah 7:14 foretelling His arrival: “the LORD Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.” A virgin named Mary did bear a son and she named Him Yeshua, which means salvation, deliverance, and victory! God with us. This is His Son.
Jesus’ arrival was a supernatural event complete with a massive birth announcement. An angel of the Lord stood before shepherds who were tending their flocks, bringing the good news that a Savior had been born that night for them. If that wasn’t startling enough, the angel of the Lord was joined by a colossal choir of angels from heaven, praising God and giving glory to Him! What an unforgettable experience!
Worth noting is the response of the shepherds – they said, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” This should be our response! Let us go straight…to see that which the Lord has made known to us. When the Lord gives revelation we are to go straight toward it, without delay.
This action is rewarded by God’s favor! When God spoke a prophetic blessing giving David a dynasty of kings, David received the promise and became father of the lineage through whom Christ Jesus would be born! And when John the Baptist accepted the prophecy spoken over him by his father in the power of the Holy Spirit, he became the prophet of the Most High God to prepare the way for Christ! We should follow the lead of these men – hear and obey the voice of God to bring in His kingdom, to display the power and glory of God.
John the Baptist played a significant role in preparing the way for Jesus by describing an important reason for His coming – “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Yes, Jesus came to preach the kingdom with miraculous signs and to give His life a ransom for all. But there is more!
Jesus testified to this after His resurrection by telling His disciples, “I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you…wait in Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.” I believe there is valuable importance to the timing of His words. They are spoken shortly before He ascended into heaven which communicates that His birth, baptism, disciple-making and miracle working ministry ALL pointed to Him sending the baptism of the Holy Spirit! Jesus promised, “he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also, and greater works than these he will do because I go to the Father.” The Holy Spirit equips us for this task.
Jesus has sent His word to us. Let us go straight toward it.