Each of the Four Gospels point to the deep relationship between Jesus and the Spirit, beginnning at his baptism by John in the Jordan (Mt 3:16-17). From there, Jesus is driven by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted and to confront Satan (Lk 4:1-14). Most importantly, the Spirit is also acknowledged by Jesus himself as pivotal to who he is as Messiah and what his mission is all about. In a synagogue at Nazareth, he proclaims to the community the following prophecy from Isaiah and finishes by declaring that the prophet’s words have been fulfilled upon the event of his own baptism in the Jordan:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
May this Easter be one that moves you out of your comfort zone and into lives and events around you, allowing you to share your love and faith with others in ways that encourage, heal, and liberate. This Easter, while families all over the country will be searching for eggs, why not start searching for those around you who could benefit from the Spirit at work in you? Start living in the Spirit!