John Piper, in a sermon, “Exalting Jesus so the Spirit Falls”– gives many ways in which Peter exalted Jesus in Acts 10:24-48, our reading today. Here is just one point:
Peter lifts up Jesus as the Lord of all.
Verse 36 (at the end): “You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all).”
When God undertook to make peace with sinners and send a message of amnesty to his rebel subjects, he did not send an errand-boy, or a heavenly James Baker, or even a five star general like Gabriel or Michael. He sent the “Lord of all.” “God sent good news of peace by Jesus Christ—”he is Lord of all.”
That’s how important the mission was. That’s the way it had to be done. That’s who he is. He is Lord of all. Not just Lord of the Jews, but Lord of the Gentiles like Cornelius and his family, and not just Lord of the Gentiles, but Lord of all angels and all demons (as we’ll see in a minute). He is Lord of lords and King of kings (Revelation 17:14; 19:16). He is universal Ruler. He is not a mere local prophet or a tribal deity or a Jewish teacher. He is Lord of the universe and everything in it—Lord of all.