You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
- Acts 10:36
Peter was waiting on dinner to be fixed and fell asleep. In his sleep he began to have a strange dream. He saw what looked like a sheet that descended from heaven and on the sheet were all kinds of animals, even animals that the Jews were forbidden to eat. There were four footed animals, reptiles and birds.
Then a voice said to Peter, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” Indignantly Peter answered, “Surely not, Lord! I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” Then the voice spoke again, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times then the sheet was taken back to heaven.
Peter was still trying to figure this all out when men arrived inviting Peter to come and preach to some Gentiles. He knew that it was against Jewish law to even talk to a Gentile, let alone visit in their home. All at once his dream became clear to him and he knew that he could not call unclean those to whom God had called him, so he went to preach to the Gentiles.
He told the whole story of Christ, but focused on the core of the message Christ preached. Peter told them, “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”
The message Jesus brought was not about heritage, national origin, clean or unclean things; his message was about peace with God through faith in the Christ. For 2000 years the message has been the same; If you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord you will be saved (Romans 10:9-10).
He who is Lord of all offers peace to all – regardless of age, race, or social status. Who they are or what they have done is not important to God – he just wants to bring peace to the heart of man.
Prayer: First I thank you Lord for offering your peace to all, and that includes me. Then I ask for the grace to love all of those whom you love, even those who seem unlovely to me. In Jesus name, amen.
Peace For All Through Faith In Christ
Principle: He who is Lord of all offers peace to all – regardless of age, race, or social status. Who they are or what they have done is not important to God – he just wants to bring peace to the heart of man.
Affirmation: I am committed to the promoting the message of the peace of Christ for all of mankind.
Reflection: How does this story of Peter, things clean and unclean, and the house of Cornelius apply to the church today? Are there people groups today that we should not carry the message of Christ to? Write your thoughts on that.
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