Last week Peter had seen the visions and now the men sent by Cornelius had spent the night before they were to leave early the next morning to go to Caesarea.
Acts 10:24 They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends.
The first thing I notice is the anticipation, the excitement and the expectation that Cornelius has. They were on pins and needles anticipating the arrival of Peter and he had his relatives and close friends there with him because he wanted those he loved to hear the good news also.
25 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter pulled him up and said, "Stand up! I'm a human being just like you!" 27 So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.
Peter finally arrives and Cornelius fell at his feet probably not in worship but in reverence. This was an act of profound regard for him as an ambassador of God. In Oriental countries it was not unusual for persons to prostrate themselves at length on the ground before men of rank and honor. "Worshipped him" this does not mean religious homage, but civil respect, or profound regard which was due to one in honor. Then Peter does something very contrary to the law by reaching down and pulling Cornelius up because he was a Gentile. We are not given insight to the conversation here but I’m sure they are talking about the vision they both had seen which gave them an instant bond.
28 Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. 29 So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me."
Peter was never bashful or scared to speak what was on his mind and he immediately said, if it wasn’t for the trance and vision God gave me, I would not be here because according to the law I should not even be in your house. But after the revelation God has given us, I’m thankful to be here.
30 Cornelius replied, "Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o'clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me. 31 He told me, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God! 32 Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.' 33 So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you."
Cornelius rehearses the vision with Peter telling him, I sent for you but it was because I was simply obeying the Lord. Peter I know you have a word for us that will be life changing. What happens next is so exciting!
34 Then Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. 35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37 You know what happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee, after John began preaching his message of baptism. 38 And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
39 "And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all—the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name." 44 Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. 45 The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter asked, 47 "Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?" 48 So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.
So Peter preaches the gospel to them and while he is preaching they receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. So for the very first time, the Gentiles are baptized in the Name of Jesus. What a great day in the history of mankind.
Prayer Points: Lord, help us to never think that anyone or any race of people are not included in John 3:16 but salvation is for everyone who will believe.