I believe that the material you are about to read contains information about our Lord Jesus that will completely transform the way you look at our Creator. These truths are among the most precious and sacred treasures I have ever come across. I hope this blesses you.
Acts 10:38 – 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, for God was with Him.
This passage of Scripture is Peter’s summary of the life of Jesus. He tells us what Jesus did, and how He did it.
It is just one sentence, but I believe it is one of the most important sentences that a human being can ever spend time thinking about. I want to divide it into two parts, and examine each part individually.
PART 1: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power…”
Jesus is God. He was God throughout eternity past, He is God right now, and He is God throughout eternity in the future. Whatever it means to be God, that’s what Jesus is.
- Omnipotent (all powerful, never gets tired, never gets hungry, etc)
- Omnipresent (everywhere at once, doesn’t have to travel from place to place)
- Omniscient (all wise and all knowing, never caught by surprise)
Those are three words we use to try describe some of God’s “attributes.” They all apply to Jesus, because Jesus is God.
However, 2000 years ago Jesus “came to earth” on a mission. Contrary to popular belief, it was not a finger-pointing mission, but rather a rescue mission (John 3:17). Part of the rescue mission involves Him subjecting Himself to the limitations of a mere human being. He became a man. Or, another way of saying it…He came to earth as a man in a physical body with self-imposed limits on His abilities. Here are some scriptures that bring out this point:
Philippians 2:5-8 – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Hebrews 2:17-18 – Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Jesus chose to become a man, and to subject himself to the same limits you and I have. For example, while He was on the earth in a human body…
- He had to walk from place to place. He wasn’t everywhere at the same time. He was not exercising His omnipresence.
- There were things He didn’t know (Mark 13:32). He was not exercising His omniscience.
- He got tired and hungry (John 4:6). He was not exercising His omnipotence.
So, even though He is God, He put himself in our shoes and made Himself subject to our limitations. He was born as a human infant with a human brain and body, and grew up having to learn how to talk and how to walk like any other human.
We don’t really know much of the first 30 years of His life, other than the fact that He worked as a carpenter, and He had a remarkable grasp of the Scriptures. But that is about it. He was not performing any miracles or healings or anything very far out of the ordinary.
Then, something happened. He came to be baptized by John in the Jordan river. When He came up out of the water, the Holy Spirit descended on Him (Luke 3:21-22). At this point in His life, things changed dramatically. He began to do things that ordinary people can’t do.
Before this day in His life, He had done zero miracles. In the three years that followed this day, He did so many miracles that one eyewitness made this statement:
John 21:25 – And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen
Something changed when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and it was noticeable immediately to people around him. Look at the way the people in His hometown reacted:
Mark 6:1-3 – Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph,Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him.
Their reaction shows that something was VERY different now. They were not used to Him teaching like this and doing miracles.
We are told in Luke 4:14 and Luke 4:18 that Jesus is now walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. That is the reason for the sudden change. When the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, Jesus went from living within the limits of a “regular person” (and I say that reverently) to living as a “regular person” who has the Spirit of God working through Him to demonstrate miraculous power.
The miracles and healings were a result of a human being (Jesus) cooperating with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit provided the power and the ability for Jesus to do miracles, heal people, cast out demons, calm storms, raise the dead, multiply food, teach with authority, walk on water, know people’s thoughts, and so on.
This is exciting news for us, because the same Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to do miracles is the same Holy Spirit that lives in every single believer. Jesus explicitly tells us in John 14:12 that anyone that believes in Him will do the same things (and even greater things) that He was doing. More on this later….
PART 2: “…who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (and that’s what He wants us to do too). Healing is good. It is good to heal people. Oppression and sickness are bad. That should be obvious to anyone that has any kind of ability to read and comprehend simple statements.
Jesus didn’t go around telling the sick people that God made them sick to teach them patience or to deepen their piety. That is not considered “doing good.” He didn’t tell them that their diseases were part of some mysterious plan, and that they needed to remain sick because it wasn’t God’s will to heal them right now. Jesus didn’t do that, and He doesn’t want us doing that either. That is the opposite of “doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.”
Jesus demonstrated the power of God with authority. He commanded sickness to leave. He commanded people’s bodies to be healed. He commanded demons to go. That is good.
Jesus healed sick people, and he cast demons out of people that were under demonic influence. This is called “healing all who were oppressed by the devil.” Again, that is called “doing good.”
Notice that sickness is not from God. Sickness is oppression from the devil. In the beginning, God made earth and mankind without sickness. There was no disease in the Garden of Eden. Sickness became a part of our life on earth when Adam sinned and gave his dominion away to the devil. Sickness is not part of God’s plan for your life. It is a part of the devil’s plan for your life. God’s plan is that we imitate Jesus and do what He would do…drive out sickness by the power of the same Holy Spirit that worked in Him….the same Holy Spirit that lives in each of us who believe.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and He gave us the authority to do the same. He said that we would do the same works that he did, and even greater works because He was returning to His Father (John 14:12). When Jesus returned to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, He poured out the Holy Spirit on the church (Acts 2:33), and then they starting doing the same things Jesus had been doing.
The great commission includes instructions to heal the sick and cast out demons (Mark 16). It also includes instructions to make disciples and teach them to do what Jesus taught the original disciples to do: heal the sick, cast out demons, and preach the gospel.
Somewhere through history, it seems like a lot of the church has forgotten about this. In the days of the early church, the news about Jesus spread because His followers were doing miracles, healing sick people, and and setting people free from demonic oppression. They were not relying on clever marketing gimmicks, good music, or attempts to be culturally relevant. They were demonstrating the Kingdom of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Holy Spirit that lives in every Christian, and He is no less powerful today than He was 2000 years ago.
Do you want to represent Jesus through miracles and healing the sick? Study the life of Jesus, take a leap of faith, and begin to imitate Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Learn as you go. Do not be afraid to look stupid or be embarrassed. The Holy Spirit is not only your teacher, but He is also your comforter, your counselor, and your friend. He will help you.
Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil. He did this through the power of the Holy Spirit.
That same Holy Spirit (and that same power) lives inside of every Christian. And every Christian has been commissioned to do good and heal the sick. We have been given the same mission that Jesus demonstrated, and we have been given the same supernatural equipment to accomplish the mission.