when you enter a house, first say, 'peace to this house.' if a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. when you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you. heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'the Kingdom of God is near you.'
when the peace of God comes to one who is ready to accept it...to have it rest upon them...the result of that peace will change one's life forever. joseph is a man who has experienced this peace...and he has been changed forever because of it.
left practically crippled by a near-deadly accident, the pain joseph carried reached far deeper than the bodily pain he was forced to endure ever day. disappointed and hurt by people, he resigned himself to being an angry, pained man...
...left to die lonely and afraid of what was next.
but then the kingdom of God broke into Joseph's life in the most dramatic of ways. peace was offered to joseph and it remained on him. he accepted it...and believed...even for a faint moment...that being healed was possible. that faint flicker of hope was enough room for the kingdom of God to break into his life...and as a result...joseph was healed.
his spine was healed.
his neck was healed.
his head was healed.
his heart was healed.
at the age of 62...joseph is a new creation who's identity is now in Christ. he no longer lives by the ways of the kingdom of this world, but he is a joy-filled prince dwelling in the safety of the kingdom of God. that is what happens when the kingdom comes to people...
it comes with the life-giving peace of Jesus that is accompanied with overwhelming joy.
when peace came to joseph, he did not run from it...
he accepted it.
and for this man of peace...it has transformed him completely.