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 hard times don’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, hard times 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. That God plays no favorites 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. You are included in this group as well.
He’s the one who healed the leper. He heals me.
He’s the one who embraced children. He embraces 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 feed me.
He’s the one who calmed the storm for His disciples. He will calm the storm for 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 is with you.
Jesus, as a nation and as the world, we are going through a very difficult season. Thank You for loving us, for caring for us, for hearing us and for forgiving us. Thank You for not playing favorites and for putting right those things we can’t put right. Help us to remember Your loving kindness towards all of us and each of us regardless of who we are. Let Your kingdom come here on earth as it is in heaven, in Jesus’ name, amen.
I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be praying for you as well.