In Creator Spirit: The Holy Spirit and the Art of Becoming Human, Steve Guthrie brilliantly contrasts Luke’s portrayal with a Platonic vision of Jesus’ ministry. I just love this:
As bearer of the Spirit, Jesus is not (in Platonic fashion) raised up out of this world but rather immersed in it. It is the Spirit who empowers Jesus to get his hands dirty, as it were, with the very physical and bodily needs of men and women—blindness, poverty, imprisonment. Luke then draws us along through Jesus’s ministry, pointing out all the ways Jesus is indeed the Spirit-anointed one spoken of in Isaiah…
If Luke (and the other gospel writers) believed that the task of the Spirit was to mortify the body, then we would expect to see this reflected in their depiction of Jesus (who, after all, they believed to be the anointed one—the bearer of the Spirit). In such a case, at every stage in Jesus’s ministry the sick would come to recognize their bodily infirmities as illusory and of no significance. The disadvantaged would embrace their hunger and poverty as a means of purging the soul. In his movement throughout society Jesus would be the very picture of austerity, fasting rigorously and associating himself especially with those of similar temperament. The disciples would come to Jesus, pointing out that the five thousand who had followed him into the desert needed food, and Jesus would refuse to provide it—declaring that his followers attend to their souls rather than their mortal bodies. Jairus, the widow of Nain, and Mary and Martha would welcome their loved ones’ physical death, recognizing that their immortal souls were now free of their bodily imprisonment. Above all, Jesus’s body would not be raised from the dead. The disciples would foolishly try to touch him, and fail; they would offer this translated ghost of Jesus broiled fish and he would refuse, explaining that he has now ascended beyond materiality.
Of course, we see just the opposite taking place. Wherever Jesus, the bearer-of-the-Spirit goes, life breaks out, not some metaphorical, etherealized, “immaterial” sort of life, either, but real bodily vitality. The lame walk, the blind see, the dead are raised to life, the hungry are fed. Jesus is the one filled with the Spirit, and precisely as the Spirit-filled one Jesus brings life and healing to broken bodies (pp. 68-69).