Breathe Upon Us Holy Spirit
Receive the Holy Spirit – John 20:19-23
Peace be unto you. Peace be unto you. Receive the Holy Ghost and receive power. Receive the Spirit of Jesus and receive the power of His life for your life.
Receive an internal compass to direct, an internal plumb-line to guide. Integral power of God to provide stability. Internal power to overcome sin and wrong.
Power to forgive us of our sin. Power to keep free from Sin. Power to lead His Church. Power to accept the same types of abuse that He endured. Power to not falter in that trial. Power to overcome the shame heaped on oneself. That is the indwelling, Holy Ghost Power.
This is the power of Jesus. Jesus is vindicated and validated for all time. That is because He allowed evil to exhaust its power by lashing out against Him. Evil exhausted itself, but could not exhaust Jesus’ power. God’s power is strength. Abusive power is not strength at all. It is the absence of strength.
That does not stop the spiritual onslaughts but it does mark a pattern for His followers. How can we overcome? Only through the power of the Holy Spirit that also directed Him. He prayed to the Father through the Holy Spirit. We can do no more. We dare do no less.
“A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Sorrows? Grief? Is that possible? For Him? For me? For you? How? The power is not our own but the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He promised we would receive that power.
When evil abuses someone, the abuse validates the someone. People identify with the person who can allow abuse and still stand and be OK. Spiritually OK. All people need an example of that kind of power. Jesus is that example. Sometimes His followers are called upon to become that example.
Grief makes one vulnerable. You cannot be more vulnerable than hanging naked on a cross. That is ultimate, unbelievable, vulnerability. We must willingly choose vulnerability in our lives. The religious leaders were not vulnerable. They were unapproachable.
When we ‘see’ Jesus being abused we can relate. We feel understood. We feel vindicated. We identify with Him. The same is true when we see someone else being mistreated. Something of valor wells up within us and brings out the Power of God in us. The Godly sense of justice brings us to Spiritual discernment. We feel a connection with the mistreatment because, somewhere, sometime, we also have been mistreated. The Holy Spirit gives us power to respond.
It is the prophets who call us to this understanding. It is the religious leaders who could not understand. From the decency of Nicodemus to the degeneracy of the Sanhedrin; most religious leaders would not understand. They are blind. The common people can understand and they will understand until and unless they are corrupted by pressures to conform to the system. Then, they too will cry out, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him. Away with Him, Away with Him.” The wrong use of power.
Centuries later, when and if we encounter Jesus in His passion, we have the option to identify with Him and His genuine followers – those who are also suffering abuse. Those who have the power He had to live and die for truth.
Those are the ones that He is not ashamed to call brethren. It is when we are neither afraid nor ashamed to call Him “brother” that we can really know Him and He can really know us. That is the real power. That is His breath upon us. That is the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”
Receive the Holy Ghost. Receive Power.