Lent – Day 7: Wednesday, 24 February
1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
Verse 1 implies to me that something special happened at Jesus’ baptism. The view I was taught from a young age was that the Holy Spirit was there as a witness to Jesus’ baptism, as was the voice of God. It does seem strange to suggest that the Holy Spirit came on Jesus (i.e., Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit) because it would imply that Jesus was not born filled with God’s Holy Spirit -surely the Son of God would have at least that: John the Baptist did! Would he really spend thirty years without this anointing?
What would he need it for, though, if he was just living a quiet life?! The angel told John’s father that John would be filled with the Holy Spirit from birth. No such statement was made to Mary. If the Holy Spirit was in Jesus at birth then why mention that Jesus was (at this particular point) full of the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit had taken Jesus into the wilderness for a battle with another spiritual being – Satan. This was a necessary battle and one that would set the ground rules for Jesus’ ministry on earth.
When and how did Jesus figure out who he was?
Why did the Spirit take Jesus into the wilderness?
Why did Jesus fast for so long?
Father God, I pray that we will not be led into temptation, but there are times when we tempt ourselves. I confess before you the wrong things that I indulge in, for such things lead me away from you. I turn from my sin and gladly receive your forgiveness. Amen