Like a preschooler with a ball of Play-dough, God’s eyes must have twinkled as He kneaded and worked the dirt of the earth. Perhaps His tongue stuck out, ever so slightly, as He concentrated on forming all the intricate features of man. More than any of His creations, this one made His heart sing. Taking a step back to admire His handiwork, He smiled and said, “This is good.” Adam’s lifeless body lay quietly on the damp dirt of Eden. “Then the Lord God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7, emphasis mine)
The pain of crucifixion was over; dazzling light erased the darkness of the tomb. Jesus eagerly anticipated seeing His dearest friends again. He was alive! He wanted them to witness the truth of the words He had spoken. As quickly as the light dispelled the darkness, joy overcame the disciples’ fear-wrapped confusion when “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Sprit.’” (John 20:19b-22, emphasis mine)
The believers had been told to stay in Jerusalem to wait for the gift from God. It wasn’t easy to stay; the threat of persecution lingered in the air like the smell of rotten meat. It had been fifty days since the Lamb of God was slain. How much longer would they have to wait! “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:2-4, emphasis mine)
In the Greek, the word for spirit is pneuma, which means ‘breath or wind’. God’s breath brought man’s body to life. The breath of Jesus foreshadowed the gift that was to come, and the Holy Spirit blew spiritual life into a room full of believers.
This week, Easter centered our minds on the resurrection of Jesus. I’m so glad the miracle of resurrection continues to rejuvenate our spirits. “If Christ is in you then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8 10-11) “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Hallelujah!
Have you gotten your second wind?