Scene: A Roman Centurion, noble and commendable leader in the Army occupying Israel.
The book of Acts shares the great encouraging message of Christianity for all nations everywhere. As we study American History, we can see how two noble things meet and the world, by the good of this meeting, is far more blessed than cursed. Celebrate the God who Accepts the repentant ones working righteousness!
“And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him.
Peter’s Nations Message.
But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation.
But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?”
To the Sincere Seekers:
So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.’ So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”
Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.
THE MESSAGE TO EVERY NATION:
But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:24-35 NKJV)
The greatness of America is wrapped up in this same truth, because people have come here and, at least by the grassroots citizens, have found acceptance! And freedom.