In the wilderness, Jesus installed the operating platform of Sonship and opened the program of Priesthood. As he functioned, the Tempter had come to try and disrupt the installation and put a bug in the system. It didn’t work. Denial of the fleshly self system and total dependence on the Father was demonstrated in overcoming the temptations that Satan threw at Jesus!
The Adversary ends the temptations and leaves Jesus alone. Angels come and minister to him bringing him strength. Rejuvenated, Jesus is now led by the Spirit and returns from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit.
An interjection of scripture is necessary here. Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.
The word for “renew” their strength, actually means “exchange”. It is in the waiting upon the Lord,. as Jesus did in the wilderness that the great exchange of strength occurs.
Keep in mind, the Spirit could have led Jesus any where He desired. He could have taken him directly into Jerusalem to do a variety of things. Yet, the Spirit led him into the wilderness for the 40 days to install Sonship and function as a Priest, waiting upon the Lord.
Now, Jesus returns from the wilderness in the power of the Spirit. The Spirit of Sonship now totally governs Jesus. Later, Jesus would tell those who questioned him about his function, “I don’t say anything / do anything unless I have heard / seen the Father do it.” Both the manner in which he functioned and the declarations he made confounded the religious order of the day because they did not function according to Sonship. They could not deny his ability, authority or the truth he spoke but, due to their religious strongholds, they could not receive it.
This power of Sonship, according to the greek, is defined as “an inherent power which resides in a thing by virtue of its nature.” This power is not so much what you are capable of “doing” as it is what you are capable of “being”.
The ability to “do” comes from the nature of your “being”. This is why Jesus would say later,
” I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled]. Yes, Father, [I praise You that] such was Your gracious will and good pleasure.
All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows andaccurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son deliberately wills to make Him known.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.” (does this describe your Christian walk/experience?)
In the wilderness, Jesus forsook the operation of the fleshly platform. He installed the operating platform of Sonship. He partook of his Father’s Nature by spending the 40 days “waiting” upon Him and making the exchange. Now, he desires to allow us to be joint-heirs with him which means to partake of the same things which are his.
So, are you “doing” trying to “become” something; or are you “being” what you have become and allowing the “doing” to flow naturally through the Spirit of Sonship? What is your operating platform?
Next, we consider the Revealing of a Son manward.