Do you desire help in your endeavour? I recommend the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ enjoyed His help tremendously and was able to fulfill His mission on earth successfully and without stress. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of God’s will on earth and so is the best authority to consult in all issues concerning your life. This article tells the impact of His work in Christ’s mission on earth.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him – Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:4, 8 (NKJV)
Jesus started and ended on earth with the help of the Holy Spirit. Redemption was purely master-minded by the Godhead: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (the Trinity). God the Father planned it (Genesis 3:15), God the Son (Jesus) executed it (Matthew 1:21) and God the Holy Spirit will bring it to completion (Ephesians 4:30).
Long before the birth of Christ, the Holy Spirit through the prophets prophesied (2 Peter 1:21) all about Jesus: His birth, mission, crucifixion, death and resurrection – Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Zechariah 12:10, Psalm 16:8-11 and Psalm 22. He started with Christ on earth from the very beginning, continued with Him till He departed the earth and remained on earth to perfect the redemption agenda. He continued with the disciples of Jesus and is still helping Christian believers today.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit
Jesus was born of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God came upon Mary, and the power of God overshadowed her so that the child born was called Son of God – Luke 1:35. The child was born and He grew and became strong in the Spirit – Luke 2:40.
At the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Godhead manifested themselves significantly: after His baptism and Jesus came up from the water, the Spirit of God descended like a dove and remained on Him, then God’s voice came from heaven declaring Jesus His Son, in whom He was well pleased – Matthew 3:16-17.
Jesus was ushered fully into His ministry with these baptisms: baptism by immersion and baptism of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist, in John 3:34 testified that God gave Christ the Spirit without measure, empowering Him to fulfill His mission on earth.
Jesus confirming the importance of the baptism of the Holy Spirit for success in life and ministry, commanded His disciples to remain in Jerusalem till they were baptized also, so they can fulfill their ministry too – Acts 1:4, 8
Christ, being filled with the Spirit of God after the baptism, was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to prepare for His ministry, and there He was tempted for forty days by the devil – Luke 4:1-15. Jesus resisted every type of temptation the enemy tempted Him with: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17).
At the end of the temptation, the Lord returned full of the power of the Holy Spirit into Galilee. News of Him spread round and people glorified Him as He taught in their synagogues.
- His Ministry
The Spirit of God greatly helped Jesus in His ministry. When He entered a synagogue in Nazareth, His home place, He was giving the scriptures to read. He read from the book of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” After which He declared to them that this scripture was fulfilled in their hearing – Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV)
Peter confirmed the fulfillment of this prophesy when he testified in Acts 10:38, that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him.
When the Pharisees accused Christ of casting out demons by Beelzebub, in answering them, He inferred that He cast out demons by the Spirit of God and then warned that anyone who speaks against the Holy spirit will never be forgiven, in this age or the age to come (Matthew 12:24-32)
In one of His teachings, Jesus said that it is the Spirit that gives life and that the very words He spoke were Spirit and are life – John 6:63. So through the words of Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives life into us as we receive these words of Christ.
Crucifixion was the most shameful death during the time of Jesus (Philippians 2:8). It was disgraceful and the most dreaded method of execution. It is a slow, prolonged and painful execution in which the victim is tied or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang until dead.
Jesus, before being crucified, was scourged to the point that He was so weak that Simon had to carry His cross for Him (Matthew 27:32), and all these for no crime whatsoever of His! This brings to bearing the scripture in Zechariah 4:6, which says that it is not by might nor by power but by the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit having shared the love of God for humanity in Christ’s heart (Romans 5:5) enabled Him to go through this type of death for the sins of mankind. On the cross, Jesus took your place as a sinner and paid the price that you could not pay with His blood by the help of the Spirit of the Lord.
In Romans 8:11 and Galatians 1:1, the word of God clearly states that God the Father by His Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. The Holy Spirit, the power of God and administrator of His will, was there on the third day to raise Jesus from the dead as the prophets and Jesus said – Luke 24:6-7.
The resurrection of Jesus completed your salvation process. If Christ has not risen, your faith is useless and you are still in your sins – 1 Corinthians 15:17
The ascension of Jesus marked a new wave of the Holy Spirit. Before Christ’s crucifixion in John 16:7 (NKJV), Jesus said to His disciples, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you”
The Holy Spirit only came upon the Kings, priests, prophets and some people for specific assignments in the Old Testament. He was around people but not within them. But on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit came upon the disciples and filled them all (Acts 2:1-4) and has dwelt within anyone baptized with the Spirit of God since then. Now like Jesus said in John 14:12, you can now do the works that He did and even do greater works than He did because He has gone to the Father.