He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there.” Mark 6:10 NABRE
Jesus has sent His disciples out to preach and heal. He sends them with His authority. When people receive Jesus’ disciples they are receiving Jesus. Hospitality is a Jewish tradition and Jesus tells His disciples to stay in the house they enter until they are ready to leave the town. Jesus is indicating they will stay for a number of days, in fact it is open ended, likely till they feel they have had a chance to preach and heal all who they can or who are interested. Jesus is teaching His disciples to accept help and hospitality, not to look for a better place to stay once they know more about the town or village. He wants them to remain where they are, focused on the people, not their own needs or desires. Jesus is relating to His disciples the same care and love for others that He shows, others always come first and self-comfort can be sacrificed in order to be sure others are served. Jesus is sending the disciples to share His message of love and to help those in need be comforted and healed. Jesus has given the authority to do these things and the disciples do as they have been taught. Sent disciples are ambassadors and have full authority to anoint, and in time we learn, to forgive sin. The movement from guilt to forgiveness is a big part of their ministry and Jesus needs people to know they are forgiven. So the disciples preach love, provide healing and remind everyone of God’s forgiveness.
You are sent by Jesus and should put others before your own care and comfort. It is in sharing the message of love, healing and forgiveness for all which fulfills Jesus’ mission. Remain where you are and spread the word.
Are you able to bring hope and love to others? How often do you act on your own needs before serving others?You are sent by Jesus and should put others before your own care and comfort. It is in sharing the message of love, healing and forgiveness for all which fulfills Jesus’ mission. Remain where you are and spread the word. Click To Tweet
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