When it comes to greeting people, there are many different ways to do so. Some people wave hello, while others might give a friendly hug or handshake. However, when it comes to Jesus and how he greeted his disciples, there is a bit more nuance involved.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that Jesus was known for being a very warm and welcoming individual. He had a way of making people feel comfortable around him, even if they were strangers or outcasts in society. This is evident in the way he greeted his disciples, as well.
One common greeting that Jesus used was “Peace be with you.” This phrase appears several times in the Bible when Jesus meets with his disciples after his resurrection. In fact, in John 20:19-20, we read that Jesus appeared to his disciples and said “Peace be with you” before showing them his hands and side as proof of his identity.
Another greeting that Jesus used was simply “Greetings.” We see this in Luke 24:36-39 when Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. The passage reads:
“While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet.
It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.”
In addition to these greetings, Jesus also often greeted his disciples with love and affection. We see this in John 13:1-5 when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples:
“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
Overall, it’s clear that Jesus greeted his disciples with warmth, love, and compassion. Whether it was through a simple greeting like “Peace be with you” or through acts of service like washing their feet, Jesus made sure that those around him felt valued and cared for.