Beloved, there was a prejudice ingrained into the hearts of those Jews who first became Christians. Because they were Jewish, because they were God’s chosen people, they believed that they were superior to all others. Hence, the early church struggled to allow Gentiles into fellowship. It was this prejudice that the Lord was attempting to remove from the hearts of the Apostles who were all Hebrews. The church was going from Jew to Gentile and everyone needed to be on the same page in order to allow for growth. Though it took some time and was not pain free, eventually Gentiles were allowed into fellowship.
It was the Apostle Paul who wrote to the Galatians in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Therefore, whatever background we may have, whatever social-economic status, education level, race, or ethnicity; it is Jesus Christ who has brought us all together. Beloved, at the Cross we stand equal, sinners in need of a Savior. We are one in Christ Jesus solely because of Christ’s work on the Cross.