Acts 25:19-21 – Rather 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. Being at a loss how to investigate these questions, I asked whether he wanted to go to Jerusalem and be tried there regarding them. But when Paul appealed to be kept in custody for the decision of the emperor, I ordered him to be held until I could send him to Caesar.
Paul has spent two years being held in Caesarea. Festus, who was the governor that succeeded Felix, could not find a reason for Paul’s incarceration other than he claimed Jesus to be alive. Paul, used a trial by Caesar as his opportunity to carry the gospel to Rome as the Spirit had led him earlier.
In spite of imprisonment, Paul remains laser focused in his preaching and defense of the gospel. Festus didn’t understand the whole situation but he recognized that Jesus was the cornerstone. I need to be clear in my presentation of the gospel. I should expect hardship, people to not listen and increasingly face opposition to the gospel. I need to be able to listen to the Spirit to follow what God wants me to do patiently in His timing not my own.
Thank you for the truth in your word and the power of the Holy Spirit. Help me to boldly proclaim your gospel and be patient to follow your timing to honor you.