Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, He breathed on them and said to them “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
John 20: 21 – 22
At creation God breathed life into man, making a living creature.
Here the risen Christ breathes the Holy Spirit onto the disciples.
Because Jesus has risen, the Holy Spirit brings New Life: Eternal life.
This breath of the Holy Spirit brings power to overcome our sin nature, and to grow more like Christ.
This Holy Spirit brings power to the disciples to fulfill their mission —- to tell the world.
Twelve men….now millions know of Christ crucified and risen!
If I have received the Holy Spirit….
How am I using that new life?
Am I growing in Christ likeness: putting aside selfish, sinful habits?
Am I participating in the mission—-that others may have New Life, Eternal Life?