A Man Rightly Related to God
Jesus was and is God. Yet, while walking in the dirt and mire of earth, he chose not to operate in his divinity (see Philippians 2:5-8).
Instead, the Lord functioned as a man—furnishing a practical model for all of mankind.
If Jesus primarily operated in his humanity, how did he access power or perceive the mysteries of the Kingdom?
I think the answer to this question is found in a biblical passage from Luke:
“The news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick” (Luke 5:15-17).
In this narrative, Jesus retreated from the crowds to seek the face of his Father. As he pressed into the heavenly grandeur, power and revelation were released.
Luke wants readers to know that the intimate prayer in verse sixteen enabled “the power of the Lord” to be present to heal in verse seventeen.
Sometimes Christians miss that it was sincere prayer and the anointing of the Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus’ earthly ministry.
While you and I will never perfectly replicate Jesus' model, in his discernable patterns, we discover what a man rightly related to God is positioned to do.