Volume 46

E. Michal Gayer
November 2013 – Volume 46

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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me.” (Luke 4 18-19)

Jesus the Anointed One

Author, Teacher and Evangelist E. Michal Gayer

In our last several lessons we have been studying the “anointing.” In order to pull this together more specifically concerning healing it might assist if we define the word “anointing.” First of all, it is helpful to know that the word “Christ” is the Greek word that translates into English as ‘anointed or the anointed one” The Hebrew word is ‘Messiah”. Both words, “Christ” and “Messiah,” mean “anointed” or, if speaking of an individual, the “Anointed One.”

The literal definition of the word “anoint” means to smear on, rub on, rub into or to pour upon.  When we speak of God’s anointing, as used in the Bible that means God pouring Himself upon and into a human flesh person. It is God coming “upon” a flesh person to empower or enable that person to do what they could not or cannot do without Him.

Most people accept that the anointing means God is manifesting Himself upon and through a human person for the purpose of empowering that person to do God’s work. It is the impartation of God’s ability into a person. When God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit, He poured into Jesus the Holy Spirit with power.

We can now expand our understanding of the anointing by defining Jesus, the Messiah, as the Christ, the Anointed One. In simplest terms, God poured Himself upon and into Jesus by and through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. It was the anointing, or the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, which enabled Jesus to do the good works of the Father and heal all who were oppressed of the devil because God was with Him. Jesus is the Anointed One, the very presence and essence of God.

When Jesus proclaimed concerning Himself, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me” (Luke 4 18-19), He was proclaiming God powerfully present to accomplish the tasks He was sent to accomplish.  He was revealing that He is the “anointed One”, the very presence and essence of God. In simplest terms, God had poured Himself upon and into Jesus imparting His ability to Him to destroy all the works of darkness including sickness and disease.

It might be helpful for us to observe some of the characteristics of the anointing as revealed through the Bible. To begin with, the anointing is capable of being felt. It is tangible or capable of being perceived by the five senses of a human person. Jesus “felt” the anointing leave his body when the woman with the issue of blood touched His garment. He said, “Who touched me?” “And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” (Mark 5:30). He physically felt the anointing leave His body.

The anointing is tangible, capable of being perceived. Some say it feels like electricity or a tingling sensation or heat. Some even say it feels like a hand or a cloak has been laid upon them.  The anointing is capable of being known, felt, and touched.

In our natural world, we talk about things having substance or being “material.” Concerning the anointing, we could say it is a type of substance but the substance in not of our natural, physical world. We could describe the anointing as being a substance that is of the nature of God. Some refer to it as a heavenly substance or heavenly materiality. You could think of it as coming from God’s or His heavenly realm.

Here are descriptions of how some men of God in the Bible experienced the anointing: Jeremiah 20:9 “But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not”; Daniel 10:10-11 “A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees…I stood up trembling”; Ezekiel 3:14 “So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me”; Luke 24:32 “And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” A burning fire, a hand, heat, a burning within, these are some of the ways people in the Bible experienced the tangible anointing.

Another characteristic of the anointing is that it is a power, and as such, is capable of being stored.  In the natural, electricity is capable of being stored in a battery. In a similar sense the anointing is capable of being stored in physical objects like cloth or wood. When God’s power was stored in a wooden rod, it was able to be cast down by Aaron before Pharaoh and it became a living snake under the supernatural power of the anointing (Exodus 7:8-13).

The anointing that was upon Jesus was stored in the fabric of His clothes.  The Bible records in Matthew 14:34-36 that, “When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment.  And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.” The power of the anointing capable of healing the sick was stored in the very garments that Jesus wore on His body.

Elisha was a mighty prophet of God. When he died, has body was buried in a tomb. 2 Kings 13:20-21 states, “Then Elisha died, and they buried him. And the raiding bands from Moab invaded the land in the spring of the year. So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.” There was such power from the anointing that was upon Elisha that it became stored in his bones. When the dead man touched those bones, he sprang back to life again!

Acts 18:5 tells about the anointing that was on Paul being stored in cloths that touched his body. It reads, “Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.” The anointing that was in and upon Paul had flowed from Him and was stored in the cloth that touched his body. It was stored in the fabric with such power that diseases and evil spirits left the sick people when the cloth touched them. From these accounts we can see that the anointing is capable of being stored. There are other characteristics of the anointing which we will discuss in our next lesson.