Jn.3:8 – “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Jesus gives us a glimpse into the unseen world of the Spirit in this passage. He said the Holy Spirit, and the new birth, are like the wind. Jesus was talking to an expert Bible scholar when He made this statement. Nicodemus new about the “Wind of God”. The Hebrew word for wind (ruach) is the same as the word for spirit or breath. Jesus is pointing this Pharisee closer and closer to the edge of eternity. I’m sure Nicodemus could feel the breath of God in the words of Jesus. As the Lord went on to share the most powerful of all passages, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”, Nicodemus found Himself caught up in the breath of heaven. Here is how
J.C. Ryle describes it.
“There is much about the wind that is mysterious and inexplicable. “You can not tell,” says our Lord, “whence it comes and where it goes.” We cannot handle it with our hands, or see it with our eyes. When the wind blows, we cannot point out the exact spot where its breath first began to be felt, and the exact distance to which its influence shall extend. But we do not on that account deny its presence. It is just the same with the operations of the Spirit, in the new birth of man. They may be mysterious, sovereign, and incomprehensible to us in many ways. But it is foolish to stumble at them because there is much about those who we cannot explain. But whatever mystery there may be about the wind, its presence may always be known by its sound and effects. “You hear the sound thereof,” says our Lord. When our ears hear it whistling in the windows, and our eyes see the clouds driving before it, we do not hesitate to say, “There is wind.”
Just as the Lord breathed into the lifeless body of Adam at his creation, He also breaths into us. When His breath, the Wind of God, blows on us; we are suddenly awakened into life.