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Caesarea Maritima: Cornelius and PeterFun Fact: In 66 CE, there was a conflict between Jews and Pagans that sparked the Great Revolt that led to the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem (Vamosh, 122).

As the number of Christ-followers began increasing throughout the Holy Land, a number of questions began forming concerning Jews and Gentiles. Even Peter, one of Jesus’ most trusted companions, still wouldn’t associate or eat with Gentiles who were unclean. God could not allow this mindset to continue in Peter and sent him a vision while he was in Joppa (near modern day Tel Aviv). This vision was a history changer because it was a revelation that Gentiles are now clean through Jesus’ blood (Acts 10:9-16).

Enter Cornelius, the Gentile who lived in Caesarea Maritima. Cornelius was a devout God-fearer and a man who clearly was not like the rest of the Roman centurions. The Bible says this non-Jew gave often to the Jewish people and prayer continuously (Acts 10:2). Now Cornelius wasn’t a trained man in the religion of Judaism. As we already mentioned, Jews would have had a problem associating with him to begin with. But somehow, in the midst of Caesarea as a Roman Centurion, God grabbed a hold of Cornelius’ heart and wouldn’t let go.

Caesarea Maritima: Cornelius and PeterGod, through his miraculous networking skills had Peter come to Cornelius. But in this moment Peter needed Cornelius as much as Cornelius needed Peter. Cornelius needed the revelation of Jesus as Messiah. Peter needed the revelation that Gentiles were now cleansed through the blood of Christ. God was now offering salvation, repentance, and restoration to everyone, not just the Jews. Let us praise Yeshua (Jesus) for that as we go throughout our day. But there’s something else we need to take away here.

Cornelius almost didn’t get to follow Jesus. Peter, somehow, was still stuck in his Jewish ways and would not associate with Gentiles. Had God not intervened in Joppa, only the Lord knows what that alternate universe timeline looks like!

Sometimes we are so stuck in our own ways and so stuck in our own comfort that people miss out on hearing the Gospel. For Peter not only was he not willing to associate with Gentiles, he was also afraid of what some of his fellow Jews might say if he did. But that wasn’t the ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit had to remind Peter of that.
If we aren’t living in the freedom and hope that Jesus offers, and we muddle through our days depressed and hopeless, then why would we want to share Jesus with others?

If we’ve had a true encounter with Jesus, then why aren’t we sharing him with the world? I’m not saying we have to go Westboro Baptist on people. I’m saying that we’ve allowed our own conceptions to corrupt and pervert the Gospel. And when hope, freedom, deliverance, restoration, and sanctification are not an important part of the Christian lifestyle, our evangelism and witness to Jesus won’t be natural. It will be a forced activity that will breed anything other than disciples. 

Verses to pray about today: 

Acts 10:34-35:  “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

 

Click Here to learn more about Cornelius and Peter at Caesarea Maritima with an Israel Experience 360 Seminar.

Fun Fact: In 66 CE, there was a conflict between Jews and Pagans that sparked the Great Revolt that led to the destruction of the second Temple in Jerusalem (Vamosh, 122).

As the number of Christ-followers began increasing throughout the Holy Land, a number of questions began forming concerning Jews and Gentiles. Even Peter, one of Jesus’ most trusted companions, still wouldn’t associate or eat with Gentiles who were unclean. God could not allow this mindset to continue in Peter and sent him a vision while he was in Joppa (near modern day Tel Aviv). This vision was a history changer because it was a revelation that Gentiles are now clean through Jesus’ blood (Acts 10:9-16).

Enter Cornelius, the Gentile who lived in Caesarea Maritima. Cornelius was a devout God-fearer and a man who clearly was not like the rest of the Roman centurions. The Bible says this non-Jew gave often to the Jewish people and prayer continuously (Acts 10:2). Now Cornelius wasn’t a trained man in the religion of Judaism. As we already mentioned, Jews would have had a problem associating with him to begin with. But somehow, in the midst of Caesarea as a Roman Centurion, God grabbed a hold of Cornelius’ heart and wouldn’t let go.

Caesarea Maritima: Cornelius and PeterGod, through his miraculous networking skills had Peter come to Cornelius. But in this moment Peter needed Cornelius as much as Cornelius needed Peter. Cornelius needed the revelation of Jesus as Messiah. Peter needed the revelation that Gentiles were now cleansed through the blood of Christ. God was now offering salvation, repentance, and restoration to everyone, not just the Jews. Let us praise Yeshua (Jesus) for that as we go throughout our day. But there’s something else we need to take away here.

Cornelius almost didn’t get to follow Jesus. Peter, somehow, was still stuck in his Jewish ways and would not associate with Gentiles. Had God not intervened in Joppa, only the Lord knows what that alternate universe timeline looks like!

Sometimes we are so stuck in our own ways and so stuck in our own comfort that people miss out on hearing the Gospel. For Peter not only was he not willing to associate with Gentiles, he was also afraid of what some of his fellow Jews might say if he did. But that wasn’t the ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit had to remind Peter of that.
If we aren’t living in the freedom and hope that Jesus offers, and we muddle through our days depressed and hopeless, then why would we want to share Jesus with others?

If we’ve had a true encounter with Jesus, then why aren’t we sharing him with the world? I’m not saying we have to go Westboro Baptist on people. I’m saying that we’ve allowed our own conceptions to corrupt and pervert the Gospel. And when hope, freedom, deliverance, restoration, and sanctification are not an important part of the Christian lifestyle, our evangelism and witness to Jesus won’t be natural. It will be a forced activity that will breed anything other than disciples. 

Verses to pray about today: 

Acts 10:34-35:  “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”

Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

 

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