”As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him.” (Matt 3:16 NIV)
The third person in the trinity is the Holy Spirit. In the Bible the dove is the symbol for the Holy Spirit. The dove is the messenger that in the Old Testament came to Noah to warn him that the water was about to sink him, and it was a dove that was the outward expression for the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ baptism.
Certain theologians see a connection between the words in Genesis where it’s written that God’s Spirit hovers over the water and the Holy Spirit’s newly created works in our time, when He with His life giving power again watches over the world and wants to recreate humanity to be new creatures in Christ Jesus.
In my understanding a dove is ”heavy” but is yet easily frightened and will quickly fly away when disturbed. It is the same when God’s Holy Spirit comes over a group of people, it’s as though a mighty weight falls on all present, but, reckless movements or thoughtless expressions can easily frighten Him away. There is only one word that describes the Holy Spirit’s out pouring. It is ”glory”!
Holy Spirit come near us, we need You. Come and pour Your glory over me today and fill me with Your peace.