Last Sunday I participated in the blessing of a home, a wonderful occasion to be part of especially at Thanksgiving.
The tradition of blessing a home probably goes back to the earliest days of the church when Christians broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, as Acts 2:46 says, or to the command to practice hospitality in such passages as Romans 12:13, Hebrews 13:2, and 1 Peter 4:9. Whatever the origin of the blessing of a home, Christians' homes were to be places of rest, peace, trust, joy, truth, safety, togetherness, welcome, hospitality, holiness, family, and love.
The blessing of a home made me think of the occasions Jesus is in a home in the Gospels. Here are just a few.
Jesus healed the sick in a home (Mark 2:1-12).
Jesus raised the dead in a home (Mark 5:38-42).
Jesus restored sinners in a home (Luke 7:44-48).
Jesus taught Kingdom parables in a home (Matthew 13:36).
Jesus partied with sinners in a home (Matthew 9:10).
Jesus told his disciples to say, “Peace to this house” when they entered a home (Luke 10:5).
Jesus told Martha not to be anxious, but be like Mary and sit at his feet listening to his words in a home (Luke 10:38-42).
Jesus announced salvation in a home (Luke 19:9).
Jesus gave thanks and pointed to the cross by breaking bread and offering the cup in a home (Luke 22:10-20).
After his resurrection, Jesus appeared in a home (John 20:26).
Jesus told us our Heavenly Father prepares for us a home (John 14:2).
These are amazing reminders of how our homes can be places of blessing.
John 12:1-3 tells of another time Jesus was in a home. This passage says:
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
In this home in Bethany, Jesus received worship. Surely that’s the greatest privilege we exercise in our homes and the greatest blessing we have in our homes: our homes become places where Jesus is exalted and praised.
As we go about our regular routines in our homes, let's remember to give thanks for our homes – in the Gospels homes are the place blessed by Jesus in so many ways. May he do so in your and my home too.
視頻大意翻譯(Brief video Chinese translation):
為一個家祝福是個古老的基督教傳統。有人說這要回溯到早期教會時，基督徒在家裡一起擘餅，帶著喜樂和誠心一起吃，就如使徒行傳2:46說的。 有些人說這是來自羅馬書12:13, 希伯來書13:2 和彼得前書4:9裡面提到的要殷勤款待。基督徒的家因此成為一個地方可以休息，有平安，信任，喜樂，安全，聚集，歡迎，熱情，聖潔，家人和愛的地方。
耶穌告訴祂的門徒”無論進那一家、先要說、願這一家平安” (路加福音 10:5)
Grace and peace