Acts 4:10,12: “Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Our blue planet would quickly turn into a dead zone if it ran out of water. No water, no life! Comparatively speaking, what water means to this planet is what the Spirit of God means to our souls.  Job wrote in his book (Job 33:4):

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

The Hebrew Bible depicts the name of God in a particular set of consonants, called the tetragrammaton: YHWH (יהוה). The choice of consonants for the name of God is peculiar. Have you noticed how they carry a sound akin to breathing? Pronounce the “H” without a vowel and you know what I mean. It behooves the Creator of the breathing to have a name that sounds like breath.

Taking our last breath is a way of saying that we’re on the brink of death. Is it far-fetched to believe that breath-killing death has been counteracted by nothing less than the life-giving breath of the Lord Almighty, the originator of the universe? The One who breathed life into the first man is also capable of breathing life back into our dead bones and raise us from the dead. His given name, Breath of Life, identifies Him as our Savior.

When God breathes life into us, He wakes us up to eternal life. The Trinity went through extraordinary lengths in sending Jesus, a member of the Trinity, to planet Earth, in order to restore us. Salvation puts us right back to the Garden of Eden, back to speaking terms with God. That’s how we started out – and that’s where the cycle of life is complete.

“We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden.”
               Joni Mitchell

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