DayBreaks for 9/14/18: A Shaken Soul
From the DayBreaks archive, September 2008:
From Michael Card, From the Studio:
(Peter) went in and found that many had assembled; and he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.” Acts 10: 27-28 NRSV
“Jesus can make anyone clean, even the last person on earth Peter would expect to be clean: a Roman soldier, [possibly] one of the very ones who had crucified Jesus. What an earthquake in Peter’s soul! It was direct assault on his most basic beliefs. But Jesus had come to shatter and redefine everything. Certainly it is a shattered Simon who makes his way, for the first time in his life, into a Gentile dwelling. He will find there men and women like himself who want nothing less than to eat the true bread of heaven. People who, though they live in darkness, have nonetheless seen a great Light!
“The crowd Peter would have crossed the street to avoid, would have denied meal fellowship with, seems now bathed in a new light. He sees bright eyes and hungry faces. He looks out at men and women, boys and girls who will suffer every bit as much as he will in the years to come for their allegiance to Jesus. He looks out on brothers and sisters.”
Galen’s Thoughts: how would you and I have reacted if we had the chance to preach the gospel to the crucifixion detail that crucified Christ? How would you and I have reacted if invited to preach to the high priest and scribes who had Him arrested, beaten, spit on and condemned? Would we have done it, or would we have pulled back in revulsion?
Each one of us knows someone that we just find, well…repulsive. Someone who has done something so heinous either to ourselves or to someone we loved, that we can’t even stand the thought of being near them. Would you share the gospel with them? If not, why not? Do you believe that’s how Jesus would have acted?
Let us remember that we’re not called to go into all the world and preach the gospel only to those who are fine, upstanding citizens and likeable folk. For the most part, those people didn’t listen to Jesus (in fact, it was the upstanding citizens of Judea who had him arrested and put to death). The repulsive – those with leprosy, the lame and mute (who everyone believed were sinners or they wouldn’t have had those ailments – even the dead and the sick of many stripes and colors, were the ones who listened to Jesus and responded to him. If we want to fulfill the great commission, we must carry the gospel to everyone – everyone – even the Hitler’s, bin Laden’s, Pol Pot’s and mass murdering rapists. That’s our job. How they respond is their choice. God won’t ask us if we convinced them – but will ask only if we “went” in obedience to the command.
PRAYER: Keep us from prejudice and pride that might lead us to not share the good news with those who are most eager to receive it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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