Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
Food for Thought:
In this passage, Luke reminds us that God shows no partiality. I love this passage because it reminds us even though the world is filled with human beings that are partial to people based on their social status or their education or their car or their profession, God loves all of us without partiality. God loves us simply for who we are. Think about someone who needs to hear this message desperately and bring them a good word this day.
Holy God, in whom we live and move and have our being, guide us as we seek to be your people in this world. May we always remember that we are loved with a love beyond compare and let us truly live this love out in your world. Amen.