Archive for January 5th, 2011

Acts 25

Acts 25 has Paul coming before Festus who quickly discovers he has inherited a hot potato.  The Jews are all over him to give Paul over to them.  But Festus realizes that Paul is innocent even wit them “bringing many and serious charges against him that they could not prove”.  They are determined to find a way to kill him.  Remember that this is over two years from the time their pursuit began.  He has been in jail under Felix’ protection and now has been handed off to Festus.  But Festus knows there is nothing that should be done to this innocent man.  So as Paul is giving his defense, he says “I appeal to Caesar”.

That request was what was done to move things up to the next level in the court system of the day.  “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”  It didn’t take Festus long to go along with that request.  He was going to pass on the problem rather than have to deal with it himself.  Festus realized their case was non existent.  King Agrippa came to town and Festus wasted no time in bringing him into the mix as well.  He told the king “they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive”.  But there really is no grounds for conviction and Festus knew their desire was to kill Paul.  So to the king he went, and explains the situation asking for counsel in how to send him on to Caesar.

The issue was that Festus felt he had “nothing definite to write to my lord about him”.  There were no charges that were real – just trumped up stuff the Jews were accusing Paul of.  Festus tells the king “it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him”.  So King Agrippa asks to hear Paul and to see for himself what this is all about.  Paul will once again have the chance to share his life and testimony with another level of authority.  He just keeps climbing the ladder and speaking about his life.  That is all God calls us to do – to tell the world what He has done through our relationship with Him and His Son.  Are you willing to speak truth about your life with Jesus?  Or do you try and keep it quiet, especially when you are unsure what the response will be.  Too often that is what we do.  We can’t let people at work know.  We can’t let our friends know.  We have to keep it quiet.  Not so – we need to be living Christ in a way that everyone knows we are His!

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