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.

Is it far-fetched to believe that breath-killing death could be counteracted by God’s life-giving breath? I do not think it is farfetched; it actually makes perfect sense. If there is any hope for eternal life, then God is our one and only hope. The One who breathed life into the first man can indeed breathe life back into our dead bones and raise us from the dead.

To restore us to eternal life, the Trinity has gone through extraordinary lengths. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost have worked seamlessly together to make it happen. The most visible and perhaps most dramatic outreach to humans was the Son taking on flesh and bones and living among us. Jesus is the Son of God, whose Hebrew name Yeshua (ישוע, with vowel pointing יֵשׁוּעַ – yēšūă’ in Hebrew) literally means: Yahweh saves. What His name suggests means just that: Jesus did not come to judge us, He came to save us.

God is fully vested and very capable of saving us. Believing in Him, His investment comes to full fruition and we find ourselves back in the Garden, back to speaking terms with God. Paradise is the place of communion with God that mankind once enjoyed. This is how we started out, and this is where we must return.

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