The Holy Spirit and the Cross
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13–14 nkjv
The Holy Spirit always leads us to the cross. It was so with Christ. The Spirit taught Him and enabled Him to offer himself without spot or blemish to God.
It was so with the disciples. The Spirit, with whom they were filled, led them to preach Christ as the Crucified One. Later on He led them to glory in the fellowship of the cross, by which they were deemed worthy to suffer for Christ’s sake.
How foolish it is to pray for the fullness of the Spirit if we have not first placed ourselves under the full power of the cross. The crucifixion of Christ had touched, broken, and taken possession of the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2). They could speak or think of nothing else, and when their Savior had shown them His hands and His feet, He said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” And so also, with their hearts full of the crucified Christ, now received up into heaven, they were prepared to be filled with the Spirit. They dared to proclaim to the people, “Repent and believe,” and they also received the Holy Spirit.
Christ yielded himself unreservedly to the cross. It was the will of His Father. It was the only way to redeem the lost. The cross demands our entire life. To comply with this demand requires nothing less than an act of the will, and for this we are unfit in the natural sense. But if we submit our will to Him who stands waiting to receive us, we will be enabled to do what we could not otherwise do.
Andrew Murray— Living a Prayerful Life