Last week, we saw something incredible happen. Through the power of prayer, God intervened causing a Jew’s path to align with a Gentile’s. Peter stayed with Cornelius and later even a tanner. He had an amazing vision where God invited him to eat that which was ‘unclean’ to the Jews, expanding Peter’s conception of who could be saved. It all started with prayer and it culminated in a Demolition Derby.
But this was always the plan. The Gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (Romans 1:16) Go back to the beginning of Acts, even, when, before He ascended to heaven, Jesus declared what was to come: the disciples would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them to be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, and the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
But now that God has demolished the walls, what are the implications for us as followers of Jesus today? How does the story continue? This week, we’ll see Peter recount his vision to Cornelius and a group of Jews and Gentiles. Then the Spirit will fall again, as it did at Pentecost, only on the Gentiles this time! And we’ll see how the early Christians back in Jerusalem responded. While this week’s text will challenge us, it will also show us what our role and mentality ought to be toward others as the people of God today. And we may catch a glimpse of how the Good News is far better than we imagined!