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In Acts 10, Cornelius had responded to the light he had been given.  He had already embraced the God of Israel and was following God as far as he could but something was missing.  The angel knew what he needed.  Cornelius would soon be introduced to the Apostle Peter who would share the Gospel with him.  Cornelius would personally receive Jesus as His Savior.  Jesus is what is missing in the lives of some of our neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers we have “chance” meetings with daily.


God’s whole purpose in arranging the world the way it is was so that folks might seek Him and know Him.  We see this verse later in Acts 17:  “God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”  God’s gives light to all folks, and they are told to respond to it.  No wonder you and I are called the “light of the world”.  Like Peter and countless others who have gone before us, what a privilege to be part of God’s plan to bring the light of the Gospel to everyone we meet!


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In this beautiful illustration in John 10, Jesus makes the important statement that “I lay down my life, only to take it up again.” Most unchurched folks understand that Jesus died on the cross, but they often lack the understanding that He intentionally died on the cross for them. The power of the cross is in the fact that Jesus went to the cross with a singular purpose of saving folks. He knows the name of each person He saves. We tell folks, “He had you in His mind on the cross.” This message can soften even the hardest heart. As a popular 80’s song goes: “That’s the power of love.”

    But it doesn’t stop with the cross. Jesus goes on to say He would rise from the dead. In fact He would raise Himself from the dead by His own power! I am encouraged again knowing that nothing is impossible for God. No power in heaven or on earth, not even death itself, can separate the sheep from this Shepherd.

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