When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:19-23, NRSV)
I giggle when I think about this post, because Jesus had been dead for 3 days, and here he is breathing on the disciples. I wonder if he checked his breath before he did this?
But seriously, he breathed on them. The same thing that happened in the creation, God spoke and a wind moved across the water…
You see in both Greek and Hebrew the word for breath, is the word for wind, is the word for Spirit. And in the Hebrew that is Ruach.
It is the same action that God takes in Ezekiel 37, where he breathes life into dry bones.
Jesus releases the spirit on the disciples. He gives to them the Holy Spirit.
Receive the Spirit and be moved to go and tell everyone!