A New Understanding

Thanks to a noonday vision in Joppa, Peter has come to understand that Jesus came to save not just the Jews, but all people. Almost immediately that lesson is reinforced as he is invited to the home of Cornelius, an officer in the Roman army and a Gentile. Cornelius and his household are seeking God. With this new understanding that Jesus is “Lord of all,” Peter begins to tell them about Jesus.

Imagine their wonder as Peter tells them first-hand accounts of Jesus’ baptism, teaching and healing, crucifixion and resurrection. Imagine their joy as Peter assures them that because of Jesus, their sins are forgiven and they are children of God.

How can we share in the wonder and joy experienced by Peter’s audience so long ago? I admit that sometimes my Bible study is commonplace and I fail to let the stories motivate me to look for new meaning for my life. This year, I resolve to look at the stories of Jesus with new eyes and to find the good news in them.

Gracious God, thank you that you came to be Lord of all. Help us to share the joy of Cornelius' household as we study your Word. Amen. — BLF

Contributed by A New Understanding

Thanks to a noonday vision in Joppa, Peter has come to understand that Jesus came to save not just the Jews, but all people. Almost immediately that lesson is reinforced as he is invited to the home of Cornelius, an officer in the Roman army and a Gentile. Cornelius and his household are seeking God. With this new understanding that Jesus is "Lord of all," Peter begins to tell them about Jesus. Imagine their wonder as Peter tells them first-hand accounts of Jesus' baptism, teaching and healing, crucifixion and resurrection. Imagine their joy as Peter assures them that because of Jesus, their sins are forgiven and they are children of God. How can we share in the wonder and joy experienced by Peter's audience so long ago? I admit that sometimes my Bible study is commonplace and I fail to let the stories motivate me to look for new meaning for my life. This year, I resolve to look at the stories of Jesus with new eyes and to find the good news in them.