Jesus Anointed by the Spirit for Us

Cyril of Alexandria: Jesus plainly shows by these words that he took upon himself both the very name of Christ and its reality for our sakes. He humbled himself and submitted to the emptying of his glory for our sakes. “For the Spirit,” he says, “which by nature is in me by the sameness of our substance and deity, also descended upon me from outside of me. In the Jordan it came upon me in the form of a dove, not because it was not in me but in order to anoint me.” Why did he choose to be anointed? Because an ancient denunciation made us destitute of the Spirit. It said, “My Spirit shall not remain in these men, because they are flesh.” Commentary on Luke, Homily 12