“Those from Italy send you their greetings”
Hebrews 13:24 (NIVUK)
“Ciao” is the modern Italian word used when you meet someone and also when you say goodbye. It was not used in New Testament times when the Latin word “salve” (the root of “salutations”) would have more likely been employed.
Remembering others through sending greetings was important to the writers of the New Testament. Paul often sends greetings at the end of his letters and here the writer of the book of Hebrews does the same.
The sending of greetings is outward thinking. It shows a concern for the wellbeing of those outside of the immediate group, and demonstrates a desire to include others in the wider circle of believers.
Jesus discussed the importance of greeting others, and of extending such greetings beyond family and friends. He said, “And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?” (Matthew 5:47).
This weekend our Italian brethren are meeting for a festival, and they send their greetings to all of our churches, and to the brethren worldwide.
“Those from Italy send you their greetings”!
Thank you, Father, for our togetherness in the Spirit, and for your son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
Study by James Henderson
About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. This weekend James is at our church’s Italian festival near Venice. For more information about our church in Italy go to http://www.ccdg.it. You are welcome to attend any of our local congregations. For details of your nearest local congregation in the UK and Ireland, check on our website www.gracecom.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.