By Patrick Hawthorne
My last several posts have been dealing with walking in God’s power as well as with walking in the expectation of a move of God’s power. This seems to be a common thread with the Holy Spirit as I have found that I am not the only one who is thinking along this line.
From God’s holy Word, we know that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Now, consider this. If Jesus is the same now as He was when He walked the earth, does it not stand to reason that His interests are the same? Yes, He is now in heaven but does His heavenly ministry negate His earthly ministry?
Let me put it another way. Did Jesus ever stop being Jesus? If your answer is, “No,” then would it be accurate to say that Jesus still has a desire to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to give sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are oppressed? Hopefully your answer is, “Yes.”
Let’s take this a step further. If Jesus still holds the same interests as when He physically walked this earth, would it be accurate to say that the Word of God, which proclaims the purpose of Jesus, also remains the same even today? Now, stick with me because we are wading into some slightly deeper water.
Please read the following verses. There are many more that I could use but for the sake of brevity I have kept the list at three. Notice they are New Testament – New Covenant – passages.
- He (Jesus) Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses (Matthew 8:17)
- Who (Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
- How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil… (Acts 10:38)
After looking at the three above examples, could a logical assumption be made that our Heavenly Father, through our Lord Jesus, desires more for the world than salvation and salvation alone? Don’t get me wrong. Salvation is of utmost importance and without it all else is a moot point. However, does it make sense to remove Jesus from the earth and, at the same time, remove all power except that which is necessary for salvation? No, it wouldn’t.
With that in mind, I would like you to consider this next passage. “Most assuredly, I say to you, 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 My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)
Jesus gave us His mantle. To possess His mantle is to carry on with the ministry He began. That is why it is so important to pray, not in the name of the Christ, but in the authority of the name of Jesus the Christ. As we do this, in faith and in obedience to the Word, the Holy Spirit releases His power. “…He who believes in me, the works that I do, he will do also…”
Our job is not to worry about whether or not we will see the answer to our prayers. Our mission is to stand in faith and to pray with the expectation that our Heavenly Father is attentive to our prayers. That is something we all need to not only consider but take to heart. Be blessed.