Zecharaiah 4:6: “So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

Predicted by the prophet Zechariah, the Messiah’s submission to the Holy Spirit is one of His defining features. Jesus went wherever the Spirit led Him. And because He blindly trusted His leadership, Jesus has forever changed the world. Quoting from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“The religious perspectives on Jesus vary among world religions. Jesus’s teachings and the retelling of his life story have significantly influenced the course of human history, and have directly or indirectly affected the lives of billions of people, even non-Christians. He is considered to be the most influential person to have ever lived by many, finding a significant place in numerous cultural contexts.”

Jesus asked His disciples one day: “Who do you say I am?” Peter famously answered: “You are God’s Anointed, the Son of the living God.” Jesus then made the following statement (Matthew 16:17):

Jesus replied, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.’

It is the privilege of the Holy Spirit to reveal to the world who Jesus is. The Jesus-movement officially started with Peter because He listened to our Father in heaven. He believed that Jesus is the Son of God, which is why Jesus went on to say (Matthew 16:18):

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then the Spirit of God has revealed this to us. We have this experience in common with Peter. Everybody who believes that Jesus is the Son of God becomes part of the movement Jesus calls “church”. On a side note, the church Jesus is talking about has little to do with buildings and denominations, but has everything to do with people led by the Holy Spirit, also called the body of Christ.

The reason why the Jesus-movement is still relevant today lies in its authenticity. God endorses it, His Spirit proclaims it, and open hearts receive it.

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