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Jesus Anointed with the Holy Spirit

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

Prophecy

"Thou lovest

righteousness

, and hatest

wickedness

: therefore

God

, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." Psalms 45:7

"And the

Spirit of the LORD

shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of

The LORD

;" Isaiah 11:2

"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to

preach

good tidings

unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim

liberty to the captives

, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;" Isaiah 61:11
Fulfillment
"And

Jesus

, when he was

baptized

, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the

Spirit of God

descending like a

dove

, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my

beloved Son

, in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17
As Jesus asked for

baptism

, John drew back, exclaiming, "I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me?" With firm yet gentle authority, Jesus answered, "Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness." And John, yielding, led the

Saviour

down into

the Jordan

, and buried Him beneath the water. "And straightway coming up out of the water," Jesus "saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him."

Jesus did not receive baptism as a

confession of guilt

on His own account. He identified Himself with

sinners

, taking the steps that we are to take, and doing the work that we must do. His life of suffering and patient endurance after His baptism was also an example to us.

Upon coming up out of the water, Jesus

bowed in prayer

on the river bank. A new and important era was opening before Him. He was now, upon a wider stage, entering on the conflict of His life. Though He was the

Prince of Peace

, His coming must be as the unsheathing of a sword. The kingdom He had come to establish was the opposite of that which the Jews desired. He who was the foundation of the ritual and

economy of Israel

would be looked upon as its enemy and destroyer. He who had proclaimed the law upon

Sinai

would be condemned as a

transgressor

. He who had come to break the power of

Satan

would be denounced as

Beelzebub

. No one upon earth had understood Him, and during His ministry He must still walk alone. Throughout His life His mother and His brothers did not comprehend His

mission

. Even His

disciples

did not understand Him. He had dwelt in eternal light, as one with God, but His life on earth must be spent in solitude.

As one with us, He must bear the burden of our guilt and woe.

The Sinless One

must feel the shame of sin. The peace lover must dwell with strife, the truth must abide with falsehood, purity with vileness. Every sin, every discord, every defiling lust that transgression had brought, was torture to His spirit.

Alone He must tread the path; alone He must bear the burden. Upon Him who had laid off His glory and accepted the weakness of

humanity

the

redemption

of the world must rest. He saw and felt it all, but His purpose remained steadfast. Upon His arm depended the salvation of the fallen race, and He reached out His hand to grasp the hand of

Omnipotent

Love

.

The

Saviour

's glance seems to penetrate heaven as He pours out His soul in prayer. Well He knows how sin has hardened the hearts of men, and how difficult it will be for them to discern His mission, and accept the gift of

salvation

. He pleads with

The Father

for power to overcome their unbelief, to break the fetters with which Satan has enthralled them, and in their behalf to conquer the destroyer. He asks for the witness that God accepts humanity in the person of His Son.

Never before have the angels listened to such a prayer. They are eager to bear to their loved Commander a message of assurance and comfort. But no; the Father Himself will answer the petition of His Son. Direct from the throne issue the beams of His glory. The heavens are opened, and upon the Saviour's head descends a dovelike form of purest light,--fit emblem of Him, the

meek and lowly

One.

Of the vast throng at

the Jordan

, few except John discerned the heavenly vision. Yet the solemnity of the

divine Presence

rested upon the assembly. The people stood silently gazing upon Christ. His form was bathed in the light that ever surrounds the throne of God. His upturned face was glorified as they had never before seen the face of man. From the open heavens a voice was heard saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

These words of confirmation were given to inspire faith in those who witnessed the scene, and to strengthen the Saviour for His mission. Notwithstanding that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding the humiliation of taking upon Himself our

fallen nature

, the voice from heaven declared Him to be the Son of the

Eternal

.

John had been deeply moved as he saw Jesus bowed as a suppliant, pleading with tears for the approval of the Father. As the

glory of God

encircled Him, and the voice from heaven was heard, John recognized the token which God had promised. He knew that it was the world's Redeemer whom he had baptized. The

Holy Spirit

rested upon him, and with outstretched hand pointing to Jesus, he cried, "Behold the

Lamb of God

, which taketh away the sin of the world."

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