Stand Up, I Am Only A Mortal
The next day he got up and went with them, and some of the believers from Joppa accompanied him. The following day they came to Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.” Acts 10:23-26
Some believers accompany Peter from Joppa to Caesarea where a large gathering awaits him. These believers have been readied by prayer and the Word, and on this journey they befriend the messengers of Cornelius and continue prayers privately and together. The Holy Spirit is working in the lives of the travelers and at Cornelius’ gathering.
The Spirit has orchestrated this blessed gathering where Peter will speak. Since an angel came to God-fearing Cornelius, when Cornelius meets Peter he falls down to worship Peter. Peter knows the Lord’s words. In Matthew 4:10 Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6 and 13, “Worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”
Peter says to Cornelius, “Stand up, I am only a mortal.” John Wesley cautions, ‘Have all his pretended successors attend to this.’
You and I are not to worship people nor worship angels (Rev. 19:10). Servants of Christ are representatives of our Heavenly Father and we direct those in the fold of believers in Christ to stand up, lift up their hearts to Christ, and to see Christ in others. Together on bender knees we worship Truth in Christ our Light of the World. The Holy Spirit works it so.