(Acts chapters 10)
I was hungry. Very hungry.
I had been fasting and praying for a while.
I needed to- the church was still young
and so much needed to be done.
The Apostles were the leaders of the
early church, so we spent a lot of time
in prayer and fasting. I had asked for
dinner to be prepared, so while they
prepared it, I waited on the roof top.
I suddenly fell into a trance!
I saw a sheet come down from heaven,
held up at the four corners.
It was filled with all kinds of unclean
Then I heard a voice: “Peter, kill and eat!”
“Eat? Me? These things? No way!
They are NOT clean animals!
It is WRONG to eat these type of animals!
The LAW gave us a list of the type of animals
we can eat and the one we can’t-
why should you tell me to eat these ones
that fall under the list of unclean animals?
You should know better, Lord!
You instructed Moses in the wilderness,
In fact, in the book of….”
And the voice said, “What God has cleansed,
do not call unclean!”
This happened three times.
What is this? Why should god ask me to do
something that is definitely and apparently
He told Moses we should not eat these animals,
why is he asking me to eat them now?
What message is he trying to pass across
As I pondered on these, the Holy Spirit
told me to go downstairs:
“You have some visitors from Caesarea.
I sent them to you- go back to Caesarea
I went downstairs and saw the men as
the Holy Spirit had told me.
Their boss, a Roman Centurion called
Cornelius sent them to me.
He had seen an angel who told him to
send for me!
Next day, I took some of my brothers
and we followed them back to Caesarea
and we met Cornelius.
He had gathered a lot of people together
for me to talk to. I was surprised to know
God wanted me to talk to these folks and
I wondered, why?
They were Gentiles.
They were uncircumcised.
They don’t look the part.
They were not the type of people God
should be interested in.
It was even illegal for me, a Jew to be in
the company of these guys!
But I had walked with God long enough
to recognize his voice when he talked
I guess He wanted me jailed or something.
Or that vision I saw yesterday has
something to do with this…
Ok, let’s do this!
So I started preaching to them.
I told them about Jesus. I told them how
God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit
and with power.
I told them how He died and was raised
the third day. I told them of the salvation
'that comes by faith in Him.
And as I spoke, something amazing happened:
they were filled with the Holy Spirit!
They spoke in tongues!
When I preach like this, I usually give an
“altar call”, asking those who want to
give their lives to Christ to come out
They I would “lead them to Christ” and
ask them to recite the “Sinners Prayer”.
I would take them to the river to get baptized.
Then I would lay hands on them and
baptize them in the Holy Spirit.
That was THE ORDER.
What is happening here?
Did God just break that protocol?
So, people can get born again
WITHOUT going through these processes?
Even GENTILES? Interesting!
It was an eye opener for me.
I looked at my brothers who accompanied
me to Cornelius’ house.
They were as confused and surprised as I was.
In that moment, it dawned on me:
God is no respecter of persons!
God is not a Jew!
God doesn’t follow human processes!
The Jews don’t have a monopoly of God!
Anyone is acceptable to Him!
Cornelius walked up to me.
“Sir, I am so happy to meet you!
Today is the best day of my life.
I learned a lot today- thank you
so much for coming.”
I replied, “You have NO IDEA how much
I have learnt too, sir! I am as much
happy for coming as you are- I can tell
you this is as much an eye opener for
me as it is for you!”
Cornelius and his folks just got converted
So did I…