Acts 10:34-43 NIVUK
34 Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 ‘We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’
This is Peter’s famous sermon to a group of Gentiles. This was the first time anyone had reached out to non-Jews in this way, it was truly a ground-breaking occasion. The fact that they were Gentiles means that they wouldn’t have known much about Jesus, and almost certainly hadn’t seen him. This meant that it was vital for someone to pass on their experiences and understanding to them, which is just what Peter did. How else could they learn? We have the same responsibility today as we mix with others who unlike us, haven’t yet met him.
Lord, help me to be a Peter for my generation.