John 20:21,22 – So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
It finally happened, the day Jesus was raised from the dead, man began to come alive once again. Since that first dark day when our first parents fell into sin up until the time of Christ, new life was only a hope and a promise; it had now finally become a reality. Jesus wasted no time, the very first day that He had been raised from the dead He met with His closest followers. Think about it, the blood for the cleansing of sin had been poured out and Jesus had been raised from the dead proving that man was now justified by grace through faith in the work of Christ at the cross. New life, resurrection life, had raised Jesus from the dead. He breathed this resurrection life on His disciples, “receive the Holy Spirit”. Life was surging through every part of them, they had been born again. Here are some thoughts from the Fire Bible on today’s verse.
“During Jesus’ last message to his disciples—he promised them that they would receive the Holy Spirit as the One who would regenerate them: “he lives with you and will be in you”. Jesus fulfilled that promise when he was with them following his resurrection. It is reasonable to conclude that Jn 20:22 refers to regeneration because of the phrase, “he breathed on them.” The Greek word for “breathed” (emphusaö) is the same verb used in the Septuagint in Ge 2:7, where God “breathed into his [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” ….John’s use of this verb suggests that Jesus was giving the Holy Spirit in order to bring life and “a new creation”. Just as God breathed “the breath of life” into the first man’s physical body “and the man became a living being” —a new creation—so Jesus breathed on the disciples and they each became a new creation in a spiritual sense.”
Today, we can receive this resurrection breath into our lives. When we do we are instantly transferred from one kingdom to another. We are no longer part of the kingdom of death, resurrection breath has made us alive.