Jesus Christ



47. When was Jesus of Nazareth anointed with the Holy Spirit?



Jesus of Nazareth was anointed with the Holy Spirit immediately after he was baptized by John the Baptist, for it was then that the Holy Spirit descended upon Him. Matthew says: “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him” (Matthew 3:16 – NKJV); Mark says: “And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove” (Mark 1:10 – NKJV); and Luke says: “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized, and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him …. “ (Luke 3:21-22 – NKJV).