Then Peter opened his mouth and said, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ-He is Lord of all- Acts 10:34-36
Have you ever made a paper chain? Perhaps when you were young or you helped your children create one. You take brightly colored strips of paper and glue them together one by one interlocking them as you go. When it gets as long as you want it, you take a concluding strip and lock the ends together to make it complete. This reminded me of Cornelius.
Cornelius is found in Acts Chapter 10. He was a devout man who feared God, prayed regularly and gave to the poor. He was also a Gentile, one not from the nation of Israel. It doesn’t say how he knew about God. I can suppose someone told him. Cornelius believed in God and contributed daily to his chain but was missing the last link. He could add to it forever but without knowledge of the new covenant his chain would never be complete.
An angel appeared to him and told him that his prayers and gifts to the poor had come up before God as an offering. He instructed him to send for Peter who was staying in Joppa and he would tell him what he must do.
In the mean time God had sent a message to Peter letting him know that what God had cleansed he must not call it unclean. God was broadening Peter’s diet but also was letting him know that Jesus died for everyone of every nation, not just Israel. Friend that means you and me!
I adore how God brings a plan together! It is always so detailed and perfect. It is never like I think it will be, so grateful!
Just as Peter had received the message two men from Cornelius came for him. They would travel the next day.
Cornelius wasn’t just hanging out at home waiting for 4 days. He was calling together relatives and close friends to come and hear the words of Peter. They were all there waiting on him when he arrived.
I imagine that every day activity had stopped for these people. There were no phones or any other method of communication except messengers so they had no idea when his exact time of arrival would be. I suppose they could have told Cornelius, “Just come and find me when he gets there, then I will come.” They considered what Peter had to say very important and it certainly was so they patiently waited.
Are we that eager for the Word of God that is preached on Sunday morning? Would we stop everything and wait 4 days until the preacher came? I would like to think so but it does leave room to ponder.
Peter let Cornelius and all in his home know about Jesus, his missing link of love. The Holy Spirit fell on those people and they were baptized!
My heart is truly with those who are praying and giving. It was important enough to God to send an angel to Cornelius and have Peter come and speak to them about Jesus. You are extremely important to Him as well.
There is only one way to having peace with God and that is through His son Jesus. He came and lived a sinless life, fully God and fully man. He died a cruel death and took our penalty for our sins. Past, present and future. It has been settled. God rose Him from the dead on the third day and He is alive seated at the right hand of His Father. He will return to us again at the appointed time. The only requirement of you is to place your trust in Him, repent (turn from your sin), confess your faith to others and be baptized.
A relationship with Christ means that you have completely turned your life over to Him and you are no longer in control of it. It means you have a relationship with Him where you pray to Him and He answers you. The primary method of God speaking is through His Word the Bible. If you read it, He speaks.
God loves you. So very much. He doesn’t want you to have the missing link in your chain. I love you and want you to have peace with God. It is indescribable joy! If you just aren’t certain contact me via any of the social media outlets and we can talk. Seek out a pastor or trusted Christian. Do it today! I am praying for all of you! Blessings and peace to you.