21 Days of Devotion
Read Acts 10:1-11:30
In this section, Peter comes to terms with the fact that the Gospel is also for those who are not ethnically Jewish. That is, his messiah, his savior, is also the messiah and savior of those who were not descendants of Abraham. This lesson comes in the form of a vision and through the conversion of a Roman centurion names Cornelius. As the book of Acts progresses, the power and the message of the cross begins to pass through all kinds of barriers — ethnic, socio-economic, geographic, and cultic. Jesus’ proclamation to the disciples that they would be his witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth is being fulfilled. Even today, the message of the Gospel crosses every single earthly boundary because what unites Christians is nothing more or less than their devotion to their Lord.
“It is only on the cross that a man dies with his hands spread out. Thus it was fitting for the Lord to bear this also and to spread out His hands, that with the one He might draw the ancient people and with the other one those from the Gentiles, and unite both in Himself.”
– Athanasius of Alexandria
On the Incarnation of the Word