The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost as Open Heaven

The uniqueness of this feast in Jesus' life is also seen in His baptism when "the heavens were opened unto him." 78 In his dream, Jacob saw the Lord God standing in heaven at the top of a ladder and speaking 79 just as when Jesus said to His disciples, "Ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man"." 80

Jacob called the place where he was "Beth-el" 81 which means "God is in this place." Jesus sought to be baptized by John 82 and had a meeting with God. The divine communication that resulted under the open heaven followed Him thoughout His ministry because "it abode [remained] upon him." 83 Jesus even spoke of Himself as "the Son of man which is in heaven." 84