Jesus As The Holy Spirit
I continue today to look at different aspects of Jesus Christ, the One who came to us as a baby in a manger. Jesus is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord and more. Let’s look today at how Jesus came to us as the Holy Spirit. It starts with a prophecy by Joel, who could have been a writer in modern times.
Joel came to God’s people for two reasons. Like could a modern writer, Joel called upon God’s people to repent in the aftermath of a recent disaster. Instead of experiencing a recent tornado, tsunami or hurricane, Joel’s contemporaries had just survived a horrible locust plague. The disaster was just a token of a more devastating disaster to come. Yet that judgment could be averted by repentance.
Joel also was sent by God to offer comfort to the godly with promises of future salvation. And in the midst of his message, Joel tells of One who would come as the Holy Spirit to guide us.
Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward
That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,
Your young men shall see visions.
29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth:
Blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness,
And the moon into blood,
Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
32 And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.
For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance,
As the Lord has said,
Among the remnant whom the Lord calls.
This sounds like a preview of a great event in the Book of Acts, doesn’t it? But, let’s instead look at a direct recognition of the Holy Spirit by Jesus Himself. Before He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection, Jesus told the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit.
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
We indeed enjoy many gifts! And perhaps one of the best gifts, aside from God’s gift of salvation, is the gift of His Holy Spirit. Jesus lives in us through the Spirit that guides the believer. Perhaps this Christmas it would be good to listen more carefully to that still, small voice. Perhaps God is speaking through you today to help you overcome a loss. Perhaps the Spirit guides you today through a strained relationship. Maybe God speaks through the Spirit to help you with decision-making. Or this may be the year that your Christmas present manifests itself through great outcomes in your personal life, guided by Jesus dwelling in your heart.
Thank Jesus Christ for his Spirit in us….and let’s open our eyes to see how Jesus can work through us this Christmas.
Devotional message compiled by Jim Huber