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The same air that Jesus breathed

With every word you speak, you are almost certainly using some of the same air breathed by Jesus during his ministry. The average person breathes about 23,040 breaths a day, or by volume at 0.5 liter per breath it comes to about 11,520 liters of air breathed each day. In 33 years, the assumed age of Jesus when he ascended to heaven, that comes out to 139,000,000 (139 x 106) liters of air that has been breathed during his lifetime.

The volume of Earth’s atmosphere is estimated to be 51,000 trillion trillion liters, or 51,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (51 x 1027) liters. Assuming an even distribution around the world of the air molecules breathed by Jesus during his first advent two-thousand years ago, then every breath taken by a person today will contain air breathed by Jesus.

Since each of the 139 million liters of air that Jesus breathed is estimated to contain 150,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (150 x 1021) air molecules, that means every breath you take today could contain as many as 50 molecules of air breathed by Jesus during his lifetime, and almost certainly contains at least one such molecule.

So, the next time you say something out loud, remember that you may be using a molecule of air that Jesus used to call the Twelve, preach the Sermon on the Mount, raise Lazarus from the dead, or say “It is finished” on the cross.

Knowing that the air with which we speak contains a molecule of the same air Jesus used to preach his message of God’s redemption to mankind should remind us that we, as Christians, are responsible for speaking that same message to the world today.

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