“Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.’” vss. 34-35
Today marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Epiphany, that time of the church year when we remember the ways in which God has been revealed through Jesus. Epiphany can also refer to a sudden realization that marks the end of an old way of thinking and the embracing of a new understanding. It’s the sort of thing that had happened to Peter in those exciting Spirit-centered days following Jesus’ resurrection. He had been faithful to Jewish laws and customs all of his life. It never dawned on him that what had happened in Jesus would signal the beginning of a new age and the inclusion of Gentiles as brothers and sisters in faith. To his credit, when the epiphany came to him in a vision, he accepted it wholeheartedly and embraced Cornelius and his family as fellow believers. God is always doing that sort of thing in our lives. Just when we think we have boundaries figured out, an epiphany comes, our narrow understandings are expanded, and new folks are welcomed to the party. Through them the dynamic energy of the Spirit is unleashed in ways we never dreamed possible. Visions become realities and love abounds.
Thought for the Day: What epiphanies have I had?