A Significant Meeting

The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”

27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?” Acts 10:23-29

When God moves in people’s lives, crowds gather. Notice the crowd of friends and relatives at Cornelius’ house waiting for Peter to arrive. Cornelius had no idea what to expect upon meeting Peter, but he wanted a crowd there. Here was a Gentile wanting to meet a Jew, and the Jewish man came.

Don’t miss the significance of this meeting. The two groups just didn’t associate with one another. And now, in front of many people they were meeting and discussing matters. How God brought it all about through their separate visions is equally important in the early stages of the Church.

Think about this, we may be the indirect result of that meeting. Who knows how the Gospel would have spread without Cornelius.

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