Jesus learned how to be led by Holy Spirit, and He lived by it.
John 5:2 – Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
I am continually amazed by the number of Christians I encounter who believe Jesus, in His earthly ministry, while He could not be omnipresent, still walked in omnipotence and omniscience. Please don’t be disappointed or misdirected by my following statements. Such thinking is erroneous. When Jesus served in His earthly ministry, He did so as a prophet under the Old Covenant. Yes, He was perfect, sinless, blameless, and always did those things that pleased His Father (Jesus was a faith man). The Apostle Paul indicates in Philippians that Jesus “made Himself of no reputation.” One translation reads that Jesus “emptied Himself of divine privilege.” Consider His life as recorded in the Gospels. Jesus did NOT know the fig tree had no figs on it, or the name of the possessing demon in the Gadarene. Yes, there were things that He DID know, but supernaturally by the gifts of Holy Spirit when needed. Examples off this; the woman at the well of Samaria, the foal tied for His triumphal entry, His disciples in distress, what He would do in feeding the 5,000, and more.
An accurate study of the life of Jesus would reveal to us specific, understandable, and doable guidelines to living a life of victory in Him. Jesus was a man of the Word, speaking ONLY what pleased Father. He was a man of prayer, often rising early, going off privately, and even spending whole nights in prayer. He was a man living day to day, and on each of those days, seeking the will of His Father to perfectly please Him. He was a man completely led by Holy Spirit.
Our Text for Today is glowing example of sensitivity to Holy Spirit. The Jews were having a feast celebration. People would be coming in multitudes to Jerusalem, ascending the hill to the city, singing songs of ascent as they entered by the main gates. So why would Jesus leave that great company of believers to travel over rough terrain to enter by the sheep gate at the pool of Bethesda, just to get to one man? He was led by Holy Spirit. And it was His obedience to Holy Spirit that made the miracle the man’s healing at Bethesda a reality, and not just a good thought. Oh how many good thoughts have we had that could have become reality if we were completely led by Holy Spirit? We MUST BE DIRECTED.
Manna for Today – John 5:1-17; John 8:29; Hebrews 11:6