Acts 10:23b-29

Throughout the Easter Season, the daily devotions have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Michael Farner.

“The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.”

 And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without objection. Now may I ask why you sent for me?” Acts 10:23b-29

This passage clearly builds off of the message of “tell them what you saw.” In the text, Peter travels to another land to meet a gentile who had called for him. As the text highlights, during this time it would have been unlawful for a Jew like Peter to associate with a gentile like Cornelius. However, Peter lived his life as Jesus had shown and commanded.

Peter was not bound by the laws of men, rather he was bound by the will and the love of God. Peter lived his life as a testament to the Jesus he had come to know and love as a disciple. Peter lived his life to spread the good news, and to “tell others what he saw,” even when that meant associating with an “unclean gentile.”

This is how God calls us to live our lives. We are called to be examples of God’s radical love personified to the world. We are called to live our lives spreading the good news and telling everyone what we have seen. We do this by living out the love of God in our everyday lives, and Easter is as good a time as any to reflect on the selfless love of a father sending his son to die for the sins of the world. As such it is our mission to tell them what we have seen, and live our lives rejoicing.

Let us pray: Dear God, please help us to live out your example in our daily lives. Help us live as you would want, spending our lives spreading the good news of Jesus to everyone, not just where it is easy. Make us strong in faith and bless us in this Easter season. Amen

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