Lord of All
I will sow her for myself in the land. And I will have mercy on No Mercy, and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’; and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”
– Hosea 2:23 ESV
Daily Reading: Today’s bible reading is Acts 10.
Yesterday, we asked if anyone is “too far gone” to receive the gospel. In other words, “Is this gospel for every person regardless of their past?” We saw Paul’s story and how God transformed his life in a powerful way. Today we’ll see Peter wrestle with another question: “Is the gospel for every person regardless of their nationality?” I know we all know the answer to this, but I want to look for a moment at Peter’s interaction with a man named Cornelius and see God’s heart for the globe.
Before we jump in, here’s the context: A man named Cornelius has a dream, and in that dream God tells him to send for a man named Peter. Cornelius does this and Peter comes to see him. When Peter is on his way to meet Cornelius, he has a vision. In this vision, God reveals to him that the cultural laws of the Old Testament have been fulfilled and do not bind us anymore. This confuses Peter at first, but then he meets Cornelius and everything starts to make sense.
See, Cornelius was an religious outcast as far as a Jew like Peter was concerned. He was a gentile (non-Jew), and this meant he wasn’t apart of God’s people. In this moment, the flood broke loose for Peter. The gospel is for everyone! Look at what he says:
So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ he is Lord of all.
– Acts 10:34-36 ESV
I know that in our New Testament era, most of us know that the gospel is for everyone, but I want us to remember today how beautiful this truth is. Every tribe, tongue, people and nation is invited to know God through Jesus. There is good news of peace through Jesus Christ for everyone. What great news!
As we interact with people today, we can be sure of one thing: The gospel is good news for them. Let’s use all that we are to show them that.
As we hit struggles today, we can remember that the gospel is good news for us! We’ve been brought into God’s family through the work of Jesus. What great, life giving news.
Grace & Peace.