A led Lord

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness… Matthew 4:1 (NKJV)

One of the first things Jesus did during His three-year ministry is recorded for us here. Following His baptism by John, the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and He was immediately led by the Spirit into the wilderness.

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit. Don’t miss the significance of this. Although He was the Son of God and was no less divine in nature than His Father in Heaven, Jesus submitted to the direction and leading of the Spirit. That’s instructive for us and sets an example that we’re admonished to follow throughout the New Testament.

In fact, the primary command for Christians once they’ve believed in Jesus as their Savior is to be filled and led by the Spirit just as Jesus was. Here are a few examples of that command:

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13 (NKJV)

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)

These and many more passages in the New Testament point to our absolute need to be led by the Holy Spirit in what we know and what we do. Our best simply isn’t good enough. In order to arrive at spiritual truth, we need the Spirit’s leading. In order to walk where God wants us to walk, we need the Spirit’s leading. And in order to live the way we’re supposed to live, we need the Spirit’s leading.

Every Christian needs to be led…Spirit-led, and our Lord set the perfect example for us by allowing the Spirit to lead Him. Are we?

Think About It… What does this passage reveal to me about God? What does this passage reveal to me about myself? Based on this, what changes do I need to make? What is my prayer for today?


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