THE ANOINTING OF JESUS
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me… (Luke 4:18)
“Jesus had to lay aside deity powers, humble Himself as a servant, and become a man in order to go to the cross.” – Mark Hankins
Jesus had to lay aside His powers of deity and become a man. He is God in the flesh, but He could not use His deity powers. It would have been illegal for Him to die on the cross and become the last Adam if He had used His deity powers. He did not use anything that you and I do not have available today.
The only thing He used was the Word and the Holy Spirit. He was tempted in ways like you are. (Hebrews 4:15) He felt the same pressures you feel. He felt the same loneliness at times. He dealt with those challenges with the Word and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus found Himself in Isaiah 61 one day as He was reading through the book of Isaiah. Isaiah was prophesying something that was going to happen 1,000 years in the future. Jesus said, “That is Me right there where Isaiah said ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me. He has anointed me’…This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” (Luke 4:18-21)
Confession: The same anointing that was upon Jesus is inside of me. I am in Christ, the Anointed One!