By Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading for the day: Acts 10:30-43
Scripture Quote: “Peter told them, you know it is against the Jewish laws for me to come into a Gentile home like this. But God has shown me that I should never think of anyone as impure.” Acts 10:28 (NLT)
The good news of Christ is for everyone. Peter would not normally have approached a Gentile, but God’s message was clear: The Good News of Christ is for each person, and there can be no barrier, whether language, culture, prejudice, geography, economic level, or educational level, to prevent our telling others about Christ. So Peter was obedient and went to the Roman, Cornelius, giving him a brief but powerful sermon.
God is perfectly just, but because He is perfect, He recoils from our sin. Jesus lived a perfect life and gave the ultimate sacrifice, which pleased God. By faith we can claim God’s approval of us through Jesus. All who hear and accept the Gospel are set apart for God’s purpose. God caused Jesus to be a living Savior and friend to all people. Sin separates us from God, but Jesus’ victory over death gives us His pardon and peace.
Meditation for the day: “But in fact ‘Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father’ (Romans 6:4). The success of his suffering and death was vindicated. And if we put our trust in Christ, we are not still in our sins. For ‘by the blood of the eternal covenant,’ the Great Shepherd has been raised and lives forever.” John Piper, ‘The Passion of Jesus Christ’.
Memory Verse: “The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles, too.” Acts 10:45 (NLT)