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Peace Be To This House…
“Peace be to this house.” These are not frivolous words. Nor do they concern the kind of peace that is simply the absence of war, or animosity. The peace that Jesus is telling the disciples to wish upon the houses and the families that take them in on their mission journeys, is the peace that only Jesus can give. It is a peace that transcends any earthly peace. Jesus was no hippy, no dreamer. This idea of peace is more real than we can imagine, except through the grace of faith. Jesus knows that he is sending the disciples out as sheep among wolves. He, therefore, gives them some very practical and spiritually sound advice. He wants them to go out to the people with no ornamentation, no extra clothes, or sandals, just themselves. They are not to go out like so many charlatans, dressed in fine clothes in the latest styles. He does not tell them that they have to “dress for success” in order to be attractive in themselves, or to attract others. They do not need such shallow and outward things. What they are to bring with them is the depth of their real selves and the good news of Jesus Christ. When they enter a house, Jesus tells them to first bless it with the peace that they themselves had come to know from being in the presence of Jesus. He tells them that if there are peaceful souls within that house that blessing of peace will rest on them comfortably and will engender hospitality. If not, that peace will return to them, they will not lose it, but will have it to offer again at the next house. A similar message is given to them when they enter a town, or village.…