Last time I wrote about Jesus's humanity. Jesus's began living life out in the public after he was baptized by John the Baptist and the dove came and rested on Him. This not only indicated that He is the Messiah but the dove visually represented the Holy Spirit.
"And John bore witness: 'I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on Him. I myself did not know him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.'" John 1:32-34 ESV
Why would a representation of the Holy Spirit be necessary for the start of Jesus's ministry? I believe that it was to show us that the Holy Spirit was an integral part of Jesus life so He must be an integral part of our lives. When Jesus meets Nicodemus He tells him that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, as He described what it means to be born again. Salvation is being born of the Spirit and our natural birth from our mothers is being born of the flesh.
Right before Jesus meets the woman at the well John writes that He whom God sent utters the words of God, for He gives the Spirit without measure. Continually I believe that it is stated that even Jesus's ministry stemmed from the Holy Spirit in Him given by the Father. What does that say to us? We need the Spirit. Jesus baptizes us with the Spirit. The Father gives the Holy Spirit without measure.
As Jesus sits conversing with the woman at the well, He tells her that if she knew the gift of God and Who it is that is talking to her that she would ask Him and He would give her the living water. The gift of God is the living water, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us an intimate relationship with God. Jesus says that this water quenches your thirst and becomes a spring of water welling up to eternal life. I believe that salvation is not only the cleansing of our being from sin, forgiveness, a home in heaven, but an intimate relationship with Himself that lasts forever. This relationship enables us to live life well on this earth and carries us through to our life in eternity. Sometimes I think our understanding of the gift of God is our salvation and that limits it to our ticket to heaven and forgiveness of our bad stuff but He wants more. His Spirit wants to live with our spirit and give it all that it needs to know Him and show others Him.
As we will see in the Samaritan woman's life, His Spirit changes everything.
By Michelle Gill