There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!”
And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?”
So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa.
We see the spread of Jesus’ message to all the world, Jew and Gentile. Christ is making such a difference! He brings change from what was to what is and what can be. Barriers are brought down. Barriers that were built by sin. People who despise one another are brought together in love under his love. Key to this action is obedience. Cornelius responds immediately. He is a devout man. We would say, a good man. By human standards, he is OK. But God wants to introduce him to His Son. There is more. We can do good works, even pray daily, and believe in God. We still need to meet Jesus. “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” – Jesus.
We have hunger for God, searching for God, obedience to God’s word, and the barriers people build between each other are brought down. There are those who continue to hunger for God, continue to search for God. When we are obedient to do His will Christ is introduced and brings change. The walls between us begin to crumble and are brought down. God does the work, we do the marching to His beat, and the ‘walls of Jericho’ of this life come tumbling down.