Peter fairly exploded with his good news:
“It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites!
It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.
The Message he sent to the children of Israel
that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again
well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.
Good news is really hard to contain. Peter fairly exploded (but Peter fairly exploded often!) with his good news. It is really good news – God doesn’t play favorites. What He has done for one, He will do for another, for you, for me. I think this is awesome news, because I have discovered, and perhaps you have too, that pain doesn’t play favorites either. Doesn’t matter what race or gender you are. Doesn’t matter what your economic position is or your political affiliations. It doesn’t matter what church you go to or that you go to church. It doesn’t matter how good you are or how bad you are. If you are a member of the human race and still breathing, pain can interrupt your plans and your life. Life sometimes stinks – for all us.
This message that caused Peter to fairly explode should have such an effect of us as well. It is tremendous news. I am no less loved or no more loved than anyone else. So when I see in scriptures that Jesus went about healing people, or as this verse would say, putting everything together again, I know I am included in that group called everyone.
He’s the one who healed the leper. He heals me.
He’s the one who dined with sinners. He will dine with me.
He’s the one who embraced children. He embraces me.
He’s the one who extended grace to the woman caught in adultery. He extends grace to me.
He’s the one who raised Lazarus from the dead. He will raise me from the dead.
He’s the one who fed the hungry. He will provide for me.
He’s the one who healed the woman with the issue of blood. He heals me.
He’s the one who delivered the man possessed by demons. He delivers me.
He forgave those who persecuted Him, rejected Him, despised Him, neglected Him. He forgives me.
He’s the one who entered our world, so that we could learn how to enter His. He is with me.
And He will do the same for you.
Jesus, I am entering the Christmas season and my life just got so busy. I don’t want to lose sight of You through this time. Turn my heart towards You; help me not to forget the message of the Christmas season. I feel You are beckoning me to remember that all that You did, to know that You did for it me, for each one of us, everyone of us. How precious we are in Your sight and dear we are to Your heart. Thank You for not playing favorites and thank You for coming to put everything together again. Amen.
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