Morning Psalms: 122, 149

First Lesson: Job 9:1; 10:1-9, 16-22

Second Lesson: Acts 11:1-18

Third Lesson: John 8:12-20

Evening Psalms: 100, 63

Jesus is the Light of the World.  And he choose to share his light with the house of Israel and beyond that going even into Samaria.  And he told his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20).  12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The church had to dream some new dreams and stretch a lot to understand that the Gospel was an All World, All Nation Gospel.  Formerly some of their teachers had told them that the Gentiles were fuel for the fires of hell.  Imagine that,…writing off the entire world outside of Israel!  But the Light of Christ and the Good News of the Gospel changed their hearts and their vision.  So they opened their lives and vision to God’s vision come through Peter: 18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

In the words of the Psalms we read for today, everyone, can rejoice and “go to the House of the Lord.”  They can, “Sing a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.”  All are welcome to, “Shout for Joy to the Lord,…and…Know that the Lord is God.”  All people may, “thirst for” the Lord and say, “Your are my help”  and “your love is better than life.”

May we too this day rejoice in the height, width, breadth, and length of God’s love come to all the world in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.  May we do our part to expand the reach of Jesus in our day and time.