The first gentile that converted to Christianity in the book of Acts was Cornelius, a Centurion (Captain) in the Roman army; he received the gospel from the mouth of Apostle Peter. Cornelius story is told on the books of Acts Chapter 10.
We read in Acts 10:34-43 (Amplified Bible) (shortened): “Opening his mouth, Peter said: “Most certainly I understand now that God is not one to show partiality… but in every nation the person who fears God and does what is right is acceptable and welcomed by Him… you know the things that have taken place throughout Judea, starting in Galilee after the baptism preached by John – how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with great power; and He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil… both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem… They also put Him to death… God raised Him [to life] on the third day… All the prophets testify about Him, that through His name everyone who believes in Him… receives forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus went about doing good – solving problems, delivering the oppressed, and calling on the leaders of the people to be fair and righteous. This is Jesus, plain and simple. The Apostles carried on his teachings and ministry; and the Christian Church has continued from where the Apostles left off – preaching Jesus to the world. Why – because Jesus did good and continues to do good. The teachings and life of Jesus changed the world by showing that love is the greatest of virtues.
On this day, 25 December 2022, that the world set aside to celebrate Jesus, may his goodness and love extend to you and your household, just as it extended to Captain Cornelius and his household two thousand years ago. I pray that you engage with and experience Jesus not as that far off baby in a manger, but in a a very real way as the living Jesus still doing good in our world today.
Merry Christmas to you all, and God bless you richly, Amen!