“Jesus and the Holy Spirit”
Jesus and the Holy Spirit
For most Christians, we seem to have a much easier time relating to Jesus than we do to the Holy Spirit. One way we might draw closer to the Spirit is to think about Jesus’ relationship with the Spirit. Looking at the links Jesus had in his life with the Holy Spirit can help us to see some of those same links in our own lives. By understanding Jesus’ relationship with the Spirit, we can understand our own relationship with the Spirit today.
First, Jesus was born of the Spirit (Matthew 1:18-23)
The story of Jesus’ conception and birth is the story of the Holy Spirit bringing fullness and life to what was once empty and bare. In fact, Luke’s account of the conception mirrors the account of creation we see in Genesis, particularly when we think about the Holy Spirit in both stories. The Holy Spirit brought forth life, and that’s exactly what Jesus and the Spirit do for Christians today (John 3:5-6).
Second, Jesus was anointed by the Spirit (Luke 4:18-19)
Jesus was anointed by God when the Spirit descended upon him at his baptism (Acts 10:37-38). In the Old Testament, God gave Israel a very specific recipe for anointing oil. Once you smelled the oil, there was no mistaking that you were in the presence of God’s chosen. We too “have been anointed by the Holy One” (1 John 2:20), and there should be no mistaking who we are or who we serve.
Third, Jesus was led by the Spirit (Mark 1:12-13)
In Mark’s account, Jesus was driven into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan after his baptism. Throughout his earthly ministry, Jesus was always in step with the Spirit, doing the will of the Father at the direction of the Spirit, the fullness of God leading us in turn to salvation and eternal life with Him.
And according to Paul, “all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
Finally, Jesus was raised by the Spirit (Romans 8:11)
Paul introduces his letter to the Romans by saying that Jesus “was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead.” The Holy Spirit was somehow instrumental in Jesus’ resurrection from the grave. Likewise, the Spirit of God is instrumental in our spiritual resurrection through baptism: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).
One of the most important relationships Jesus had during his time on earth was his relationship with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit was crucially involved in every aspect of Jesus life, and so he remains for us today.
Grace and peace to you!
September 17, 2018
This blog entry is a companion piece to our September 2, 2018 Sunday AM sermon