“While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.” (Acts 10:44-48)  Our first lesson this week continues what we saw last week: the Gospel is going forth to the ends of the earth and now this most radical thing of all is occurring: the Holy Spirit is falling on the gentiles!  There are a couple of details that caught my eye this week.  First, Peter is still preaching!  Isn’t that just like us preachers to keep on talking even after God comes on the scene!  Second (and far more important) the Jewish believers are “astounded” by what God is doing.  Perhaps one of the greatest dangers of discipleship is complacency.  It is so easy to think that God will always follow our neat little plans and our rather shortsighted vision of who is and who is not a candidate for salvation.  But if we will open our eyes, our minds and our hearts, we might very well also be “astounded” by the vastness of our Lord’s redeeming love.  After all, Jesus’ love was big enough to include you and me!

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