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Breath of Life: The Third Breath

“And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

- John 20:22 NIV

There was notable tension in the atmosphere. Fear gripped the hearts of all Yahshua’s disciples in Jerusalem, hiding in an upper room afraid of the Jewish leaders. The Pharisees and teachers of the law weren’t satisfied with the crucifixion of Yahshua; they wanted to bring a full reckoning to the move of God called the Way.

Fear tangibly polluted the air as the disciples breathed in the anxiety of the atmosphere. A creak in the stairs. There must be someone behind the locked door! They could feel a presence approach: a strange familiarity and unsettling doubt. 

Suddenly, the impossible. A flash of light from the wall. Startled gasps and outbursts from the apostles. In a moment, a man who looked like Yahshua stood among them, emitting a sweet fragrance, glittering light, and immense power all at the same time.

Before Peter responded in fear amidst the commotion, Yahshua took over: “Peace be with you.” Pulling back the robe overhanging his sleeve, the disciples saw the holes that tore apart flesh and penetrated the bones in His wrists. It was Yahshua. But He had a new body. 

Indeed, the resurrected Jesus had just appeared in their midst. Suddenly, the atmosphere changed. Fear melted into joy. Awe gave way to wonder, and wonder turned to worship.

Now the resurrected Christ was about to fulfill the prophecies of Daniel, Joel, Ezekiel and many prophets before them. Yahshua was about to breathe. 

The Third Breath comes out of Yahshua’s lungs once again, but this time the breath is from the resurrected Jesus Christ, who has literally just conquered sin and death. 

Reminiscent of that moment in the Garden of Eden, Yahshua, the Second Adam, breathed His name, “YAH…WEH,” over his disciples, and they received their first redeemed breath from Yahweh on earth. In that moment, their spirits were given new life and the promise of an eternal life with the Creator of everything. 

“And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

In the Biblical narrative, the Breath of Life moves from the Father, to the Son, to The Holy Spirit. The complete unity of the Godhead is clearly shown. God breathes into humanity so that humanity can breathe God’s nature, love and presence into others. 

The Holy Spirit is the holy breath of life. The Third Breath, which is the final and farthest-reaching breath that shapes humanity, is the breath of eternal life. It is the breath of The Holy Spirit that makes you a new creation. 

Have you accepted the Holy Spirit into your life, inviting new creation life into your body, soul and spirit?

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. - Romans 10:9 NIV

Take a pause to focus on your breathing right now. Your every breath, inhaling and exhaling, is because of the First Breath of Yahweh into Adam. If you follow Christ you have been redeemed because of the Second Breath. And if you have received the Holy Spirit, you are a recipient of the Third Breath of God. These three breaths shape the course of history, and impact all of humanity.

Now consider the power of God’s breath. Job 34:14 says, “If God were to take back his spirit and withdraw his breath, all life would cease, and humanity would turn again to dust.

The vapor of God upholds the universe. The vapor of God upholds the lives of 8 billion people. The Bible teaches us that every breath is upheld by the Spirit of God. You will breathe about 25,000 breaths today. Humanity will breathe more than 160 trillion breaths today. Every one of them is upheld by the spirit of God! 

Yahweh is all powerful. His breath continues to shape the course of human history. Yahweh is the Lord Almighty.