Born And Led By The Spirit Of God

Everybody loves a good origin story (especially fans of comic books and movies based on them). This is because often the most interesting thing about a character is where they came from—What were their parents like? What from their upbringing still haunt or drive or shape them? What compels them to do what they do? A good origin story tells us all this and explains so much about what the character is currently doing. 

While obviously not a fictional story, the Bible is mystery, drama, romance and suspense in the “greatest story every told” with Jesus as hero on earth — a humble savior and leader of His people. What is Jesus’ origin story? The gospel tell that He is from God (“that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit” Matt. 1:20), and is God (“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jn. 1:1). His approval and guidance were from God (“the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him” Matt. 3:16). He was fully and always God led. (“Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness” Matt. 4:1)

Yet He lived most humbly, almost as if He was in disguise, having “emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” (Phil. 2:7) and was eventually highly exalted: “God…bestowed on Him the name which is above every name” (2:9).

Those He saves He teaches to live like He did. He causes us to be born by the same Spirit: “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (Jn. 3:5) This is our new origin, leaving the world we came from, having a new force and destiny that shapes and drives and gives purpose to our lives. (“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Rom. 8:14) And like Him, it tells us our allies and our enemies, and effects all things.