i wonder what his breath smelled like?

breathIs it sacrilegious to wonder what Jesus’ breath smelled like?

I have a thing about bad breath. I’m not a big fan of a dirty mouth. I’m a coffee drinker..and stank-mouth usually accompanies those who enjoy the java. And thus I have developed delusional halitosis (the fear of having bad breath.) Not to be confused with a real phobia called halitophobia, which is the fear of exhaling because you have a dead skunk in your pie hole.

So, with all of the things that go along with 1st century living..I can’t help but wonder about some of the physical aspects of Jesus.

What did he look like? Was he a tall thin man or just average in size? Was his hair clean, long and flowing like in all of the velvet paintings I see in mobile home living rooms?(Wait, maybe that was Elvis???)

Nevertheless, in John chapter 20 the bible says, “And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.””¬† More important than smell was what happened when Jesus breathed on the disciples. The Holy Spirit filled them. Result: Power.. Persistence.. Peace.. and BOLDNESS¬† (this happened just about 50 days prior to Pentecost when over 3000 converted to Christianity.)

As you read the rest of John and into Acts you will see that every time that the disciples stood firm and were blatantly bold about the gospel….well….the Holy Spirit showed up. That’s the kind of power I need. Supernatural strength much stronger than my weak human depraved skin.

My prayer today: Jesus, breathe on me! (I bet it smells sweet!)

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  • JesusFreak

    If He were to breathe upon you after leaving my home, it would smell of homemade fried chicken, potato salad, and baked beans. But most importantly of the bread that I broke with Him… after He entered my home, that which He has made for me and my family. And dined at my table that was set for Him in my velvet tapestry covered mobile home wall adorned with my love for Him so that all may see and know that my family serves the Lord. And, yes, we love Elvis, too.

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