We long for the Prince of Peace to be ultimately known and for his kingdom to unfold. If we see Jesus for who he is and if we have the peace that he offers, then we can wait by participating in what we've seen and what we've tasted. God is with us in all things.
Back in Acts 9, Ananias (not the high priest in 24:1) baulked at going to lay hands on Paul immediately after his Damascus Road conversion. Yet Ananias was told, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." (Acts 9:15-16). This final unit in the book of Acts shows Paul proclaiming Christ to the Romans and their 'kings', beginning at Jerusalem and moving ultimately to Rome.
In Acts 15 we see how the Christian church embraced the gentile believers, not requiring them to convert to Judaism first of all. It is now clear that the gospel is for everyone: Jew, Samaritan and Gentile. This is a significant development which launches the second half of the book of Acts. We now observe the life-changing proclamation of the gospel in the Roman world. (Please note, bible study questions relating to the sermon can be accessed by clicking on the paperclip icon, found on the right).
Previously in the book of Acts we have seen the message of Jesus spread from Jerusalem, to Judea and then to Samaria (cf Acts 1:8). In Acts 10-11 we see Peter carry the gospel across the final frontier to the gentile world, to those nations with no claim on the story of God's salvation first revealed to the Jewish Patriarchs. This brings into view our own engagement in this ongoing mission to Romans, Greeks, Australians and all the nations of the world. (Please note, bible study questions relating to the sermon can be accessed by clicking on the paperclip icon, found on the right).