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Peter declares, I am a human being just like you! This was the lesson from Peter's vision. A human being just like you, Peter saw himself as a different kind of human. His tribal identity, and his compliance to religious laws made him distinct and different from other humans, so he thought. These other human beings were not like him. They were different, but not in a good way. They were outside, not inside. They were rejected, not accepted, they were unclean. But the gospel is beginning to come together in Peter's mind. Sometimes it takes time. But now is Peter's time, to let go of his former way of thinking, and to embrace a new reality of what God has done in Christ for all. That through Christ's life, his death and resurrection, God has made humanity clean. Three times the voice from heaven declares, don't call unclean what God has made clean. God has done it. And this revelation gave Peter a new way of seeing himself in relationship to others. We see this in his words to Cornelius, I am a human being just like you. He is a human being not separate and distinct, not in while others are out, but simply a human being that God has made clean with all the other human beings. And this is summed up in his statement at the very end of this story. When Peter says, I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. May the gospel begin to come together in our own minds as it did for Peter? And may we see this revelation of what God has done in Christ? He has made clean those things we thought were once unclean. He is a God who shows no favoritism. He is the God of all. That's the prayer that I have for my own soul. That's the prayer that I have for you. Amen.
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