“Then John testified, “I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon him. I didn’t know he was the one, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, ‘The one on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.” John 1:32-34
The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus as a sign that He was the Messiah the one sent from God; the one that was prophesied about in the Old Testament. The one that John the Baptist was crying in the wilderness about; telling everyone that He was coming. The Holy Spirit did not just descend on Jesus and leave. The Holy Spirit stayed with Jesus. As a man, Jesus needed the Holy Spirit if He was to do great things for God. The Holy Spirit was the empowerment to start His ministry. Yes, He was the Son of God, sent by God into the world, but in His humanness He needed the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus knew the power of the Holy Spirit. “Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) If we are going to do the will of God in our life, we must have the Holy Spirit. We see Peter, a man that denied Jesus not once but three times, when He was filled with the Holy Spirit he preached to over three thousand people. The power of the Holy Spirit can change lives.