Don’t you love looking back on challenges of the past with the benefit of the information that we have today? The story of Peter’s calling to share the Gospel with Cornelius’ household makes perfect sense to us today. But at the time, it was one of the most challenging things that Peter was asked to do.
Cornelius was an officer in an occupational army. His only reason for being in the land was to extend the iron hand of Roman force of rule to Israel. And yet, because of his readiness to hear the Gospel, an angel appeared to him and instructed him to send for Peter.
At the same time, Peter was praying on a rooftop and was instructed three times that he needed a new paradigm. That whatever God called acceptable should be considered acceptable to Peter as well.
Peter goes with the men and the entire household accepted his message and they were all filled with the glory of God.
But that wasn’t the end of Peter’s challenge.
Next, he had to come back and explain himself to the rest of the disciples. Fortunately, they accepted the reality that God had chosen to send the good news to non-Jewish folks. And not just to non-Jewish folks, but to officers of the political enemy’s army.
In retrospect, we see much more clearly why that made sense. But in the moment, it was quite a challenge!
Join us at 5 PM on Sunday as we meet in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff and share a message called “Peter is Challenged” based on Acts 11:1-18.