The setting is the house of Cornelius, a centurion of the Italian Regiment, part of the military occupation force in Palestine. Cornelius, already a believer in God, has had a vision. As a result, he has invited Peter to visit. It was against Jewish law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile, but Peter comes anyway, with “some believers from Joppa”.
Jeremiah writes a poem to the exiles in Babylon. A time will come when the relationship between God and all the tribes of Israel, enjoyed during the Exodus, will be restored.
The author has described baptism as being “raised with Christ” and becoming sharers in his suffering and death. Baptism entails dying to one’s old ways and focussing on new, godly, ones.
John tells us the events of the Sunday morning after Jesus died and was buried. Mary Magdalene has witnessed Jesus’ death on the cross and has been present at his burial in the tomb hewn out of the rock. The orderliness of the linen wrappings shows that the grave has not been robbed.
On Friday, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James have seen Jesus’ body laid in the tomb, the stone door sealed, and a guard mounted. Now an angel, a messenger from God, tells them that Jesus has risen from the dead.
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