Go into peace

Luke 7:37-38,50 (NLT)
When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. . . .
And Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 8:43-48 (NLT)
A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.” When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed. “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Jesus’ words to the woman with the alabaster box and the woman with the issue of blood are the same: Go in peace. The preposition ‘in’ is ‘eis’ in Greek. ‘Eis’ expresses entrance and direction. It is translated into, unto, to, upon, towards, for, among.

Go into peace. Go to peace. Go toward peace. Go upon peace. Go for peace. Go among peace. Enter peace.

Our Father in heaven,
Sadly, the Mississippi Delta is a place of immorality, disease, and alienation. Have mercy. We pray that the music that arises in the Delta will usher people into peace, like “the crystal tide forever flowing by the throne of God.” Amen.

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