Make no mistake; you don't need to be converted to Christianity again. But every Christian needs to know both how we received this faith, and to what it calls us—and that might surprise you. Let’s study Acts 10, discover how Peter finally got that and marvel at the changes in us when we do.
Transition. It's a word we're hearing often these days. Other words for it are evolving, shifting, and changing. We've always used these words to describe our times, but for the first time we're applying them to the little league season, vacation plans, the school year, and going out to eat. Roll into one all the transitions causing upheaval in your life right now, and you still don't even come close to the transition you'll discover in Acts 10. Read vs. 1-23 and check off what you see as cataclysmic changes. Experience a settled peace that can help you weather any change.
What does that term bring to mind for you? Do you have a positive initial reaction, or are you somewhat turned off by that description? This weekend we are introduced to a Roman Centurion, a “God-Fearer,” whose prayer-time is interrupted by God fueling his passion to find out more about Jesus.
Jesus Christ heals you
Those were Peter's words to a man who had been paralyzed for eight years. Shortly after, in the same name of Jesus, Peter raised a woman from the dead. If only Jesus could do the same things among us today. COVID would lose its threat. Death would lose its power. We could live a different kind of life. He can. He does. This is the Jesus we adore and worship. This is the Jesus who sets his table before us again this weekend. This is the Christ who makes us whole. If only he were here now? He is. That’s why we gather with God's people to worship and adore him.