Peter fairly exploded with his good news: "It's God's own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites!
It makes no difference who you are or where you're from - if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.
The Message he sent to the children of Israel - that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again - well, he's doing it everywhere, among everyone.
"You know the story of what happened in Judea. It began in Galilee after John preached a total life-change.
Then Jesus arrived from Nazareth, anointed by God with the Holy Spirit, ready for action. He went through the country helping people and healing everyone who was beaten down by the Devil. He was able to do all this because God was with him.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.