It was the first day of the week, and that very evening, while the disciples were together with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you!” He said to them. After He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side.
Again Jesus said to them, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so also I am sending you.” When He had said this, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you withhold forgiveness from anyone, it is withheld.” John 20:19-23
Well, this is powerful isn’t it? Just after Jesus is raised from the dead, He visits the disciples and with His glorified body, walks right in. The door was locked because they were afraid of the Jews, there were already the rumors that the disciples had stolen the body I’m sure. But the stone was rolled away by the power of the Spirit as Jesus went forth, the impact or the glory would have killed the guards, they were probably terrified.
What does He do? He shows them the wounds, and He breathed on them. I always wondered why Judas would have walked away from the Spirit, but he has already hanged himself. While they saw the Spirit on Jesus and He was sending them out to heal and cast out devils, it suppose it is likely they had a measure of the Spirit having believed in Him, Peter even was rebuked and had a revelation that He was the Messiah, but they were to wait until Pentecost to receive the gift of tongues. Thomas, may not have been here, why he asked to see the wounds later, the others had already seen them, yet, he remains doubting Thomas.
You may be wondering about the bubbles, a friend who has gone to be with the Lord started this in a way, she sent my mother a pin with bubbles, we started using bubbles to represent the anointing of the Spirit.
Words bubble up from waters deep within a person, a stream gushes from the fountain of wisdom. Proverbs 18:4
But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life. John 4:14
But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you His Spirit, and all of you know the truth. 1 John 2:20
There are many instance of bubbling in the Bible, the Hebrew word naba means to flow, it is also associated with leaping, as the man at the Beautiful Gate, and in John 5:7, Jesus encounters the man at the pool of Bethesda. Now, at certain times, and angel would trouble, stir or even bubble the waters, while the man said others got ahead of Him, the anointing was right there.
You will notice He asked the man if He wanted to be well, in order to speak his faith, obeying the command to take up his mat and walk , he did just that. This story, has far deeper truths that just a paragraph, but in effect He was telling him to pick up the rest He offers and go. He told the woman with the issue of blood to go in peace. His peace is a gift. John 14:27, and there is so much more to say about how He breathed the very Spirit on them.
We can ask Him to breathe on us as well, and there are many spiritual gifts the Spirit will give as He sees fit as we grow in love and grace, they are powerful and peaceful. We know Jesus was baptized by John and the Spirit came upon Him without measure. In effect, He was also baptized in the Spirit, and even John said he baptized with water, but Jesus would with fire.
Let me pray for you today, Father, thank you for the Spirit that bubbles up in believers with love, joy and peace, that you placed a trust in sons and daughters, and an anointing from the Holy One, while many are struggling to be disciples still, I pray they set that aside and let you love them as no earthly father could, as they honor you, may you honor them with your presence and your peace, and let you beloved Son Jesus breathe on them.
From my mother’s board Anointed Bubbles.