“The Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, played a most significant and extremely important role in the life of Jesus, in every part and at every phase of his life [i.e., according to the Gospels, these events in Jesus’ life cannot be understood without reference to the Spirit: conception and birth, baptism, temptation, public ministry, resurrection, ascension].
If all of this is so, if indeed Jesus was God having become truly human, if indeed Jesus really experienced the same kinds of things that all other human beings experience, suffered the same kinds of pains they suffer, felt the same emotions they feel, knew the same lure of temptation they know, and so on, and if indeed Jesus stood strong against all the kaleidoscopic adversities of human existence and resisted all the many pressures to cave in, quit, giving up the cause, and go his own way, and if indeed Jesus finally brought his God-given mission to a triumphant completion–and all of this because he was a person filled with the Spirit–then the followers of Jesus are faced with a stupendous fact: Not only is Jesus their Savior because of who he was and because of his own complete obedience to the Father’s will (cf. Heb. 10:5-7), but he is the supreme example for them of what is possible in a human life because of his own total dependence upon the Spirit of God. Jesus is living proof of how those who are his followers may exceed the limitations of their humanness in order that they, like him, might carry to completion against all odds their God-given mission in life–by the Holy Spirit. Jesus demonstrated clearly that God’s intended way for human beings to live, the ideal way to live, the supremely successful way to live, is in conjuction with God, in harmony with God, in touch with the power of God, and not apart from God, not independent of God, not without God. The Spirit was the presence and power of God in Jesus, and fully so. Thus the life of Jesus was the realization on earth, perhaps for the first time, of God’s ideal for human beings, the fulfillment of the divine intention for them when God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, and after our likeness’ (Gen. 1:26). But Jesus’ life was not only the realization of that ideal, it is the pattern to follow, the source of hope for every succeeding generation of Jesus’ followers.” (Gerald F. Hawthorne, The Presence and the Power: The Significance of the Holy Spirit in the Life and Ministry of Jesus, pp. 233-34)