one another by saying, ‘Peace unto you’ because when Jesus sent His disciples
to preach the kingdom
of God He
said to them: “But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this
house.’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not,
it will return to you” (Luke 10:5-6 – NKJV). Jesus Himself, when He appeared
to His disciples after His resurrection, greeted His disciples by saying
‘Peace unto you,’ as it is written: “Then, the same day at evening, being the
first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were
assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said
to them, ‘Peace be with [unto] you.’ When He had said this, He showed them
His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! …” (John 20:19-21 – NKJV).
However, we are not the only ones who greet one another by saying to one
another, ‘Peace,’ for the Jews also greet one another by saying, ‘Shalom!’
(Hebrew word which means ‘Peace’).