Overcoming Prejudice

Bruce Hoffman

READ : Acts 10:1-6, 23-35

Jesus said it to the eleven disciples: “. . . go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19). While they heard it, they did not really comprehend the tremendous import of that statement!

The gospel of Jesus would soon be proclaimed to the world of Gentiles! The disciples, and especially Peter, were not ready for this. But soon after the ascension of Jesus, God made it very clear that His love transcends all ethnic boundaries.

The Gentile, who would be the first called to a new life in Jesus, was an officer in the Roman army named Cornelius. He and his family were devout in their belief in God; he gave generously to those in need and prayed regularly. Though not yet a Christian, God was preparing his heart to become one!

Through a vision Peter finally understood that the Good News of Jesus was for all who would believe in Christ as their Savior. He had been so prejudiced against all non-Jews! God’s call to Cornelius opened the floodgates for multitudes for the next 20 centuries and beyond to accept Jesus as Savior. What a wonderful God! How vast His love for people of every color! Our prejudices must die so that all of the chosen of God feel welcomed into the Kingdom of Christ. What are you doing to make your church open to all people?

PRAYER

Loving Father, thank You that in Christ we are made one in Your eyes. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.