2017-08-07 - Superpowers Under Wraps
We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us–blessing upon blessing heaped upon us! For Moses gave us only the Law with its rigid demands and merciless justice, while Jesus Christ brought us loving forgiveness as well. (John 1:16-17 TLB)
Jesus must have looked pretty ordinary, if John the Baptist couldn't tell He was the Lamb of God. The prophet said it was only by the Holy Spirit that he knew Jesus was the Messiah, the One who would take the world's sins away. (verse 29)
According to John 1:6-8:
"God sent John the Baptist as a witness to the fact that Jesus Christ is the true Light. John himself was not the Light; he was only a witness to identify it." (TLB)
Jesus' true spiritual identity was not obvious to human eyes. Jesus Christ was more like Clark Kent-He kept His superhero powers hidden until someone needed freedom or healing. John the Baptist said if it weren't for the Holy Spirit, he would not have known Jesus was God's Heavenly Son. How much do we miss out on? I don't want to miss a thing!
Lord, Let the Holy Spirit open my eyes to spiritual things. I need the Spirit's intervention. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.