By A.B. Simpson
It was a stirring greeting which the Lord of Life spoke to His first disciples on the morning of the resurrection. It is a bright and radiant word which, in His Name, we would speak to His beloved children at the commencement of another day. it means a good deal more than appears on the surface. It is really a prayer for our health, but which none but those who believe in the healing of the body can fully understand. A thoughtful friend suggested once that the word “hail” really means health, and it is just the old Saxon form of the word. We all know that a hale person is a healthy person.
Our Lord’s message, therefore, was substantially that greeting which from time immemorial we give to one another when we meet: “How is your health?” “How are you?” or, better still, “I wish you health.” Christ’s wish is equal to a promise and command. It is very similar to the apostle John’s benediction to his dear friend Gaius, and we would re-echo it to our beloved friends according to the fullness of the Master’s will. I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 2).