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9th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Dove (Spirit)

December 8, 2009

DECEMBER 9:  Isaiah 11:2,3a

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And He will delight in the fear of the Lord (NASB)

When God sent His Son to earth, He gave Him many important jobs to do. But God did not ask Him to do everything alone. He sent His Holy Spirit to Jesus in a special way so that people could see He had God’s blessing. This happened when Jesus went out into the desert where His cousin John was baptizing people. Jesus asked John to baptize Him, too. All four gospels tell us that God’s Spirit came down from Heaven like a dove onto Jesus. Then a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” God filled Jesus with His Spirit and assured Him and those who were watching that God was His Father who loved His Son. The Holy Spirit is often represented by a dove because that is the form people saw Him take at Jesus’ baptism. The dove also represents purity and innocence.

Jesus Himself acknowledged that God’s Spirit was with Him. Shortly after He began teaching, he went into a synagogue (the place where Jews gathered to worship) and began reading these words from Isaiah the prophet: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18,19). As everyone watched Him, Jesus said, “Today this scripture is fulfilled” (Luke 4: 21). He was telling the Jewish people that He was the one God had promised to fill with His Holy Spirit for a special ministry.

Before He left this earth, Jesus promised that His Spirit would come on believers to guide them as He had guided Jesus. Jesus said, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit works in our lives to bring us to God, to show us how to please Him, and to give us gifts that enable us to serve Him. The verse in Isaiah tells us about the gifts that the Spirit would bring: wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, knowledge, and the fear of the Lord. We know that all of these were present in Jesus’ life.

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move;
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,
And make me love the as I ought to love

Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love,
One holy passion filling all my frame;
The baptism of the heaven-descended Dove;
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.

George Croly (1780-1860)

Thank God for sending His Holy Spirit to His children for knowledge and trust and fear of God Himself.

Ask God to cleanse you and fill you with His Spirit that you might live a life that pleases Him.

When You, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest.
For the voice of the Father bore witness to
You and called You His beloved Son.
And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truthfulness of His word.
O Christ our God, who has revealed Yourself and has enlightened the world, glory to You!

Troparion of Theophany