Summary: We have made our churches so churchy that we forgot the very words of Jesus Himself in its very beginning...
I have titled this sermon “Biology of the Breathe of Life”, because we are studying here Life itself. The origin of everything. I want to title it before as Evolution of the Breathe of Life, but Life for me could not evolve but complete in itself. God is Life. No beginning and no end. There can be no evolution of life because it is Absolute. If there is evolution of life... it is from us, since we came from the dust of the ground, and the life that we now live came from the Original Life. The ruach Elohim of the moving of waters in Genesis 1:2. Move, and breathe and “like a wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8). Our consciousness of this Life is what I am driving at today in this preaching and how it accomplishes it’s purpose to everyone that calls upon the name of Jesus. The “Biology of the Breathe of Life” begins in our midst now as it surely hovers overs us. Let’s start.
1- The Face of the Waters:
from the voidness and darkness and nothingness....
there was a breathing, a moving and the Bible says hovering like a hen nurturing and brooding her eggs of the coming of refilling, reconstruction, and birth of a new creation. A new creation is about to hatch from such incubation of the Holy Spirit. The darkness would soon be dispelled by the power of the Word; “Let there be Light!” That was the beginning of recreation. Ruach Elohim would soon move into life every word that would come out of the mouth of God. The Wind, the Word and the Lord would commence their life.
Genesis 1:2 “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (The "Spirit of God" hovering over the waters in some translations of Genesis 1:2 comes from the Hebrew phrase “ruach elohim” which has alternately been interpreted as a "great wind". Rûach (?????) has the meanings "wind, spirit, breath," from: wikipedia.org)
2- The Dust Of The Ground:
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (from: gotquestions.org God breathed His own breath of life into man. Man is more than “dust” or physical substance. Man has a spirit. We can picture it this way: Adam’s body had just been formed by God from the dust of the earth—a lifeless human body lying on the ground. Then God leaned over and “breathed” His own “breath of life” into the man’s nostrils; God is the Source of life, and He directly placed life within man. This breath of life is seen again in John 20:22, as Jesus imparts new life to His disciples. Genesis 2:7 tells us that man became a living soul (KJV). The word soul in Hebrew is nephesh, meaning “an animated, breathing, conscious, and living being.” Man did not become a living soul until God breathed life into him. As a physical, animate, rational, and spiritual being, man is unique among all living things upon the earth.
So, what is the breath of God? It is the life and power of God, given to man to animate him. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which means “wind, breath, air, spirit.” The life of God lives on and on; the immaterial part of man was designed to live eternally. The only question is where will we live?).
3- The Fearful Disciples:
When someone asks us about the resurrection, we can gently point them to this passage.
The disciples were full of fear as their leader for three and a half was with them, they witnessed His power not only in deeds but in words. But now, all of it was now was about to be lost. To them it was Finished. It was really done. Consummated in their living in the old world. They will be ushered in the greatest revolution of life the world is about to see. Yes, For the disciples, death was still death. Fear was still fear. Despair was still despair. The disciples, grown men, were in fear. How does it happen that such frightened men, such cowards, become brave as lions? How do such timid people, become bold? It takes only common sense and a small amount of logic to fill in the blanks.
The episode in John 20:22 did not involve the actual reception of a supernatural empowering of the Holy Spirit on that immediate occasion. Rather, that circumstance was only a foreshadowing of the promise that would be fulfilled almost fifty days later. I believe W.E. Vine captured the sense of the text quite well. “Receive ye the Holy Spirit”referred not merely to His own breath, it was symbolic of the Holy Spirit as about to be sent at Pentecost. It was connected with their being sent out into the world, and with the effect of their ministry of the Gospel in the forgiveness of sins by the Spirit’s power, or the retention of sins by the rejection of the message (vv. 23,24). It was a prophetic act as well as symbolic of the action, the promised coming of the dunamis power of the HolySpirit! And so after fifty days in the upper room, the coming of the wind that would change our existence and the life of everything would be affected from thereon...