Jesus gave his followers an expansive mission: Go to every people group, make disciples, and bring them into the church.
In a preview of this worldwide mission, Jesus sent out his disciples to the people of Israel. For the first time, the twelve were called apostles, or “sent ones.” It was the first time they’d be going out without him, so he gave them detailed instructions. He was sure they would encounter rejection, so he told them how to handle that too. When people are receptive to you, bless them, and peace will rest on them. If they’re not receptive, go to someone who is.
And your peace will come back to you.
Sounds strange, doesn’t it? We say things like “Bless you” or “Peace to you,” but when we say those things on his behalf, we’re doing more than being polite. When we speak the good news of Jesus Christ, we actually convey peace. Peace literally rests on those willing to receive it.
And if our message is rejected, that peace comes right back to us.
What’s even more amazing is that Jesus says this is “your” peace, not just his.
We’ve been imbued with supernatural power.
Jesus was rejected all the time, so there’s no reason to expect we’ll be treated any better. And so, Jesus has let us know it’s OK, move on.
He’s chosen us to bring in his kingdom.