Jesus said that we are to do what He did. He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and we are called to “go into al the world and make disciples (Matthew 28:19) which is the same as seeking and saving the lost. Jesus said, “The things that I do you shall do also, and greater things than these will you do because I go to My Father (John 14:12). The context if that He will then send the Holy Spirit who will empower them to do what Jesus had been doing – healing the sick, casting out demons, p[reaching and teaching, and raising the dead. The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dumb will speak, the lame will walk. These are the things we are called to do.
How did Jesus do what He did? He was functioning fully as a human being, like us but without sin according to the Book of Hebrews. He didn’t do any ministry until He was thirty years old and until He went to meet His cousin at the Jordon River. There He was baptized in the river and when He came out of the water the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit defended upon Him. This was His baptism in the Holy Spirit where He was empowered for ministry receiving and beginning to flow in the supernatural gifts of the Spirit (see: Mark 1:9-10 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
Jesus stood and announced that He had been anointed and empowered in one of His first public teachings after this experience (Luke 4:18-19). Luke, the author of the Book of Acts states that Jesus was “anointed with the Holy Spirit and with Power” (Acts 10:38) and that this was how He accomplished His ministry. Jesus had the Holy Spirit come upon Him, empowering and enabling Him to then minister supernaturally. Later He tells His disciples to wait for this same empowering, the promise of the Father (Luke 24:49). They do. Again, in His last time speaking to His disciples hHe tells them to wait. He goes on the say that when the Holy Spirit comes upon them they will be empowered to be witnesses for Him in all the world (Acts 1:8). In other words, they will now be equipped to do what He did (John 14:12).
I believe, therefore, that this experience of the Holy Spirit coming “upon” God’s people to empower them and enable them to fulfill the mandate and calling upon Jesus’ life to seek and save the lost – that this anointing and empowering is 100% essential for all true disciples to receive. Without this empowering (the Baptism in the Holy Spirit) and the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit a disciple cannot obey and fulfill His commands. And, Jesus states that one of the ways that we will know that we love Him is to obey Him. Without the empowering and the supernatural you cannot obey a number of His strongly spoken and very important commands.
It is imperative that the Church in every nation of the world hear about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, receive this empowering, learn about the supernatural gifts, and then move forward, once equipped, to seek and save the lost. It was an essential part of the life of the early Church and must, once again, become a vital and essential part of the Church today. Without this experience and empowering we are simply another religion offering no more real hope than the Mormons, the Jehovah Witnesses, and the Muslims. Our Founder, Jesus, died just like the leaders and founders of these other religions. However, because He was without sin hell was unable to hold Him and He rose again on the third day and is alive today touching hearts and lives through His people, the Church. The only way we can prove to the world that Jesus is alive and that our way is the only way to Heaven is to do what Jesus did. Then, through miracles, signs, and wonders we will show that He is alive and moving through His people today. And we will have fully preached the Gospel – in words and with deeds (see Romans 15:18-19).