104: Why Did the Holy Spirit Descend on Jesus Like a Dove?
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The baptism of Jesus is outlined in all four Gospels, and in each case we are told that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus like a dove immediately after His baptism. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit (the 3rd person of the Godhead) took on a bodily form and descended on Jesus. Why did this happen? And what is its significance?
In this episode, Kenny explains that the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus to symbolize that the power of God was on Jesus, but the Holy Spirit specifically took on the form of a dove to symbolize certain things about Jesus. The “dove” is a symbol of purity and innocence. Jesus possessed the fullness of the power of God, but He also possessed the fullness of the purity and innocence of God as well.
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a professor and recruiter at Bethlehem College and a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul, MN. He has 15+ years of vocational ministry experience. He’s also a podcaster, author, and Ph.D. student. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.