Read Isaiah 11:1-4
According to Isaiah, the Spirit of the LORD would play an important role in the ministry of the Messiah. Accordingly, the Spirit of the LORD (the Holy Spirit) was much involved in the life and ministry of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit caused Mary to conceive while she was a virgin (Matthew 1:18-20, Luke 1:35). John the Baptist taught that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11, John 1:33-34). Also, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove (Matthew 3:16, John 1:32). Moreover, the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the desert to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1, Luke 4:1).
Although Jesus is the Messiah, he was never anointed with oil as were the priests and kings of the Old Testament (for example, Aaron and David). Instead, Jesus demonstrated over and over again that He was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit. He claimed that many of the miracles he performed, including exorcisms, were performed by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28).
Moreover, the Holy Spirit was also involved the Lord’s resurrection (Romans 1:4).
Questions for Reflection
- How did the work of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of Christ fulfill prophecy regarding the Messiah?
- How would people know that the Messiah was indeed anointed with the Holy Spirit?
- How did the Holy Spirit’s work validate the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ?
- What does the Holy Spirit’s work in the life and ministry of Christ mean to you personally?
Lord God, I am continuosly filled with wonder by your works and by you: for you do great things because you yourself are great beyound comparison. My faith in Jesus is strengthened when I think that all He taught and all He did was in accordance to the Scriptures, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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