Again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you.” When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the HolySpirit. John 20:21-22
When the disciples were despondent after the crucifixion of Jesus, Jesus appeared, told them to be at peace, and then breathed on them. “Receive the Holy Spirit.” They went from there to burn brightly for the kingdom.
Christ, in God, breathed at creation too. When He did, life erupted.
Adam was just a physical man, made of the dust of the ground. He was not a spiritual being until God moved from on high. Adam’s soul would not be made of earthly materials. It would come to life only by a God-breath.
Job knew this too. He said, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4
Ezekiel knew it as God said, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” Ezekiel 37:9 In a vision, nearly dead bodies came to life, stood on their feet, and became a great army.
The world at the end of the tribulation will know it when the two witnesses, the prophets Satan kills, come back to life with a breath. “But after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.” Revelation 11:11
And we knew it at the time of salvation. God breathed over us and our spiritual blindness was cured. We looked up and saw a Savior; we looked inside and saw our sin. “Unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:5
I think of the phrase ‘the living dead.’ It refers to the meaningless existence of a person who is technically alive but soulfully checked out. That never need describe any child of God. The Spirit of God, the breath of God, is within us. He longs to rise up and infuse us with eternal life. The outgrowths are security, calmness, spiritual power, and the feeling of being wonderfully alive. Many are waiting for heaven to experience the abundant life but, right now, it’s a breath away.
I look to no one else for life. I feast on Your Word. I drink of You deeply. I breathe of Your Spirit. So breathe over me. Amen