“Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst … “ ~ Acts 2.22
Do we have the opportunity to do what Jesus did during the days of His incarnation? Even more, are we responsible to do it?
Is your personal story asking you to invade the impossible?
Jesus Christ said of Himself, “the Son can do nothing (Jn 5.19).” In the Greek language that word nothing has a unique meaning – it means NOTHING!
While He is 100 percent God, He chose to live with the same limitations that man would face once he was redeemed. Jesus made sure we understand that during His time on the earth … as seen in the Gospels … He could do nothing on His own.
Bill Johnson writes that Jesus became the model for all who would embrace the invitation to invade the impossible in His name (When Heaven Invades Earth). Jesus made that point over and over again …
He performed miracles, wonders, and signs, as a man in right relationship to God … not as God. If He performed miracles because He was God, then they would be unattainable for us. But if He did them as a man, I am responsible to pursue His lifestyle.
Recapturing this simple truth changes everything … and makes possible a full restoration of the ministry of Jesus in His Church.
What were the distinctions of his humanity?
- He had no sin to separate Him from the Father.
- He was completely dependent on the power of the Holy Spirit working through Him.
What are the distinctions of my humanity as a Christ-follower?
- We are sinners cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Through His sacrifice He has successfully dealt with the power and effect of sin for all who believe. Nothing now separates us from the Father. There remains only one unsettled issue –
- How dependant on the Holy Spirit are we willing to live?
Q4U: Are you comfortable with Bill Johnson’s position that when Jesus Christ was on the earth, He lived with the same limitations that we now have as those who have been redeemed? (Being uncomfortable could be a sign of opportunity!) In what ways does this perspective challenge you?