A MONOLOGUE OR A SERMON

It has to be an opportunity to present the Gospel when a preacher gets behind the pulpit.  I sometimes sensed that the congregation might have felt that it was a monologue rather than a sermon; hopefully that was not the case, realizing that circumstances might have brought you together at an inopportune moment.  Who knows?

What really catches ones attention when reading the Book of Acts and the circumstances that accompanied the arrival of the Messiah, Jesus, is how objectionable it became to both Jew and Gentile.

Peter was obviously the most outspoken of the Apostles.  He appeared to put his foot in his mouth constantly.  As the years have passed, we feel obligated to him; he brought forth many answers from the Savior that others neglected to ask.

Peter had gone up to the housetop in which he was staying.  While there he saw, as it were, a sheet come down with all kinds of four footed animals and crawling creatures, as well as birds.  A voice came to him: “Peter, kill and eat!”  He sensed it to be the Lord and so he said: “Lord, I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”   A voice answered: “What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.” 

It took the experience to happen three times before Peter had a clear understanding of God’s message to him.  Finally, when the messengers from Cornelius arrived, it all added up.  God saw Jew and Gentile on equal terms.  Each needed the Savior, Jesus, in order to be saved.  There was no difference before God!   Salvation was for all men.  After a night of rest, they went to the home of Cornelius, (A two day journey) who had already brought his household together to hear what Peter had to say. 

First, Peter made it clear that he was not to be worshiped.  Next he presented the claims of God upon the Gentiles as well as the Jews; all are equal and Jesus Christ alone is Savior… “Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”

This is no monologue, this is a narrowed down fact: I quote the words of Jesus from John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me’.”  Invite HIM to be your Savior and Lord of your life!

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