Jesus Christ



18. Is it true that Jesus didn’t need to be anointed by God?



No, it isn’t, for Jesus was a true man and thus He also needed to be anointed by God with the Holy Spirit in order to do the will of God and to complete the task that God had given Him. For when we speak about Jesus Christ, we must never forget that since He was a man He had some limitations like us, therefore without the anointing He couldn’t have done the will of His God and Father nor could He have finished His work. So Jesus Christ was anointed by God in order that He might do the will of God, for in the synagogue of Nazareth Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19). The expression “He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor” means ‘He hath anointed me so that I may be able to preach the gospel to the poor’. On the other hand – if it were not so – why did God foretell that He would anoint His servant Jesus, saying: “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations” (Isaiah 42:1 - NIV)? In addition to this, let us remember that Jesus cast out demons by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28) who was upon Him.