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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Rooftop Vision

Oct. 27, 2013

One day Peter was on a rooftop praying. That may seem like a strange place to talk to God. But it wasn’t the most unusual thing that happened to Peter that day.

It was lunchtime, and Peter felt hungry. God showed Peter a vision. A vision is sort of like a dream. In the vision, Peter saw a big sheet coming down from heaven. The sheet held a bunch of animals. There were four-footed creatures, reptiles, and birds. In the vision, God told Peter to make a meal out of the creatures in the sheet.

As an Israelite and a Jew, Peter was careful to obey rules about which foods were OK to eat. In the sheet were animals that broke the rules Peter was used to following. Imagine Peter’s surprise when God said, “Eat.”

“‘Surely not, Lord!’ Peter replied. ‘I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.’  The voice spoke to him a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean’” (Acts 10:14,15, NIV).

The same thing happened two more times. Then the sheet and all the animals went back up to heaven. Peter wondered what the vision meant.

Then the Holy Spirit spoke to Peter and told him to go with three men who were looking for him. Peter came down from the roof and found the men, just as God’s Spirit had said.

The visitors told Peter about a Roman army commander named Cornelius who had also seen a vision from God. An angel told Cornelius to send for Peter. So Peter and some Christian friends followed the men to the home of Cornelius.

Cornelius had called together his friends and family to hear what Peter had to say. Cornelius was not an Israelite, but he knew and loved God. He told Peter about his vision.

Now Peter understood what his own vision meant. He realized the gospel is for everyone, not just for Jews or Israelites. Just as there were many animals in the sheet, there are all kinds of people in the world. God loves them all. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, big or small, weak or strong. Jesus wants you to know, love and follow Him.

Peter talked to Cornelius about Jesus. Peter told Cornelius and the others how Jesus rose from the grave and sent His followers to preach the gospel. As the group listened to Peter, God filled them with the Holy Spirit. They spoke in languages they had never learned, just like the people on the Day of Pentecost.

— By Christina Quick

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