The story today can be found in Acts 10.
There was a guard in who loved God, named Cornelius. He was not Jewish, but he loved and God and God was pleased with him. God told him one day to send for Peter, so he sent his servants to find Peter and bring him to his house.
The next day, Peter went up to his roof to pray and he had a vision (like a dream). He was a giant blanket come down from heaven and it had all kinds of animals on it. A voice said “Peter, get up and eat” but Peter said “No! I only eat the food God told us we can eat! This food is dirty”
But the voice replied, “Do not say anything is dirty if God made it!”
He saw this three times and then Peter sat there confused…trying to figure out what the dream meant.
Then the servants came and asked for Peter. God told Peter not to be afraid and to go with the servants…so he did.
When they got to Cornelius’ house, Peter told him (everyone he had invited–it was a LOT of people) all about Jesus. And THEN Peter understood…Jesus dying on the cross wasn’t just for God’s people…it was for ALL people. God made ALL people and He loves EVERYONE!
Everyone there believed in Jesus and the Jewish people were amazed that God would give His gifts to even these people!
We can remember that God made everyone and He loves everyone and He wants EVERYONE to know Him!
(You can be any color, any height, any disability, even any bad choice! and God will STILL love you and He STILL wants you to know Him!)
Galatians 3:26-29 says: “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
And Romans 2:9-11 says “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.”
For this story, we acted it out with my kids’ toys. I had two toys be Peter and Cornelius and i took a small blanket with some of their plastic animals so we could act out the story.
Then we cut out pictures from magazines of all different kinds of people and made a page to remind us that God loves EVERYONE!
We will continue in Acts next time. Love to you all!