Acts 25:18-19 – When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. 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.
The Governor of the province, Festus, is explaining to King Agrippa why Paul came before the tribunal. Festus could find no wrong or evil in Paul’s actions even when he thought there may be prior to hearing the case. The charges against Paul are for belief in Jesus’ death and resurrection that Paul boldly preaches. Paul, led by the Spirit, gives his defense and asks to go before Caesar as his means to bring the gospel to Rome.
The Jewish leaders planned a second plot to kill Paul should he travel to Jerusalem for trial. The group levied many charges against Paul which were without warrant. Paul faced death, persecution, false witness in his trial all for the sake of the gospel. I must realize that the only reason Paul was before the tribunal was for teaching about Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection to life. Like then, in our culture there is increasing hostility to the gospel and the word tells us to expect persecution. I need to remain obedient, focused on sharing the Good News of Jesus as this is our mission and souls are at stake. I must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to give me strength, courage to guide me with the right actions and words as a witness where I am called.
Thank you for your love, grace and mercy you have for me. Let your Spirit focus me to fulfill our mission to know you and make you known. Give me strength, courage and boldness to clearly present your gospel to honor you.