Opening his mouth, Peter said, “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)–you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
– Acts 10:34-43 NASB
Yesterday, we saw how Jesus re-commissioned Peter to preach the good news on Jesus’ behalf. In the passage above, we see Peter doing just that – this occasion being the first time the message was preached to Gentiles.
The apostles hadn’t known they were going to be preaching to non-Jews as well as Jews. It was something they learned along the way, and Peter was the first apostle chosen to deliver the good news. This is why Peter starts his message the way he does, acknowledging that God is not partial to Jews. Rather, the Jews were His instrument to reach the entire human race.
You can recognize that Peter’s message is a summary of what the four Gospels tell us about Jesus. That message is as true and life-changing now as it was then.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for enduring the cross in order to save us from our sins. Just as You sacrificed Your life for the good of others, let me do the same…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.