Acts 10:34-43   v 39 “And we apostles are witnesses of all He did throughout Judea and Jerusalem.”    

Peter is talking about Jesus to Cornelius and his friends, a Roman soldier who feared God but was not a Jew. Peter was instructed by God to go to the house of Cornelius and tell them the good news about Jesus who was sent for all people, both Jews and Gentiles. Peter explained that he was an actual witness to all the good things that Jesus did but also to his death on the cross and his resurrection three days later. They ate and drank with Jesus after the resurrection. He is the one the prophets testified about saying that everyone who believes in Him will have their sins forgiven through His name.”  

As part of my work life, I had to go on courses to update my knowledge and keep up with new trends and learn new techniques. One such instructor told the group if you ever get the chance to go on a course instructed by the person who wrote the book on the subject then take the opportunity. That opportunity was given to me as I travelled to Australia to be taught by the person who wrote the book on Lymphedema. And yes, it was an amazing experience, and I became an ardent believer in her process. To hear the stories behind the writing of the book and ask questions of the person who had done the research was life changing.

I can only imagine what the experience was like to talk to someone who had met Jesus, worked along side Him and been present not just at His death but at His resurrection too. As we see for the household of Cornelius it was a life changing experience. And the same is true for us all today. Walking with those who have a close and personally relationship with Jesus changes you forever. Yes the new year is a time to look forward and to set new goals but it is because of our past and the witnesses to the life and work of Jesus that change us forever.

“Then God allowed Him to appear, not to the general public but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be His witnesses.” Acts 10 v 40-41.

Prayer: Heavenly Father thank you for sending your son as a baby, who had to grow and experience being totally human as well a totally God. Open out hearts to the experiences of witnesses to Jesus’s love for all today, Amen.

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