Good afternoon church family
Today in my quiet time I was reading the book of Acts, in particular the part where Cornelius the Centurion was directed by God to seek out Peter and Peter at the same time received a vision from God showing him that it was good and right for him to meet with a Gentile. We see two cultures come together under one Lord. Can you imagine what it must have been like when Peter told them about the Lord Jesus including his death and resurrection? Potentially they were aware of what had happened but now they are getting the whole behind the scenes story.
““We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” Acts 10:39-46
This story gives me such hope, the good news is equally as powerful in our generation to bridge any divide, to soften and turn the hearts of men and women who are yet to know the generous nature of the love, mercy, grace and truth of our Lord and Saviour. May we see such times at Rimutaka and in our community!