A child leaves home to live the kind of life that comes to poverty and near destruction. After a long period of time, the child goes home out of utter desperation. There waiting, after all of this time, is a loving parent with open arms, running to meet that child and to say, "Welcome home!" The parent, overwhelmed with joy, throws a party with family and friends in celebration. Love is like that. An innocent man is accused of a crime that merits the death penalty. After a cut-and-dried trial, he is sentenced, beaten, humiliated and led up a hill to be executed on a cross.
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.