Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. – Hebrews 2:17
We started talking about this phrase “in all things” on Friday by looking at how Jesus took on the frailty and weakness of man. But Christ’s weakness and frailty pale in their ability to ignite my imagination when compared to His amazing compassion and the great manifestations of the miraculous He carried as a man.
Jesus declared that by Himself, in other words, in His flesh and blood body, He could do nothing. Everything He did–EVERYTHING–He did through the indwelling Spirit of God. He never opened blind eyes, or deaf ears until after the Spirit came upon Him and remained in and with Him. The dead stayed dead when boy Jesus went to the cemetery. The demon possessed continued to live in captivity. No chains were broken by a twenty-five-year-old Jesus.
But when John baptized Him in the Jordan, all heaven broke loose.
Sitting in Church, after His time in the wilderness, He turned to Isaiah 61 and began to read.
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” – Luke 4:18-19
He closed His Bible and slid it back into the slot in the back of the pew. Every eye was on Him.
“Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4:21
Notice where He started. He didn’t say I am here to open the eyes of the blind, but the Spirit of the Lord is upon me to…
Later Luke tells us,
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. – Acts 10:38
Jesus tells us the same thing:
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. – John 5:19
The implications are amazing. What Jesus did through submission to the Father, we can do too. What God did through Jesus, God still does through those who are willing and obedient.
He’s still in the business of healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, raising the dead and preaching the gospel to the poor.
Like our elder brother and great high priest, Jesus, we are called to host the Holy Spirit’s presence and walk in His anointing to bring freedom, healing, and deliverance to those around us.
He lived like us “in all things” so that we could live like Him, “in all things.”
I have a two-edged reaction to this truth.
Hallelujah! and Yikes!
There’s a huge call on our lives.
Boy, do we ever need God!
Thanks for coming by today.
Bless you, as you walk in Him.