It's all about a certain Jesus. That's what Festus had determined after examining the case between the two parties, Paul and the Jewish leaders. The conflict wasn't about whether Jesus had lived and died but whether he remained dead or was raised. It's the same critical question we ask today, with the same implications.
Paul is back in court. The judge is corrupt and immoral. Accusations keep coming. No facts stand against Paul... but he's still locked up. He's still fighting his case. At a time when God may seem absent, we remind ourselves that he is actively accomplishing his purposes through us.
Paul is locked up as an innocent man under an immoral judge. He has endured horrible treatment from many of his own people and those in power. Paul has every reason to be upset and distraught... but he's still focused on proclaiming Christ. Rather than bribing his way out of prison, he uses every opportunity to persuade others to believe in Jesus for their salvation.
Paul is brought before governor Felix to give his testimony of defense. He has been charged with being a troublemaker, a ringleader, and with defiling the temple. His case is simple, clear, and verifiable... Will he convince Felix to set him free?
In our passage today Paul get's a large escort of nearly 500 people to bring him safely to Caesarea. It may seem like a random series of events, however, it is God working through his creation to accomplish his will. In this instance, it is Paul getting to Rome.
In our passage today we see a brief but significant encounter Paul has with Jesus. Not only did he provide some much needed encouragement for Paul but he also displayed what authority he has over this world.
When Jesus sent out the Apostles he tells them to be shrewd like serpents. Today in Acts 22 we see examples what that can look like and how we should also be using wisdom when laboring among the world.
It is completely unnatural for us to respond to hate with love. In our sin we want to persecute those who persecute us. However, that is not life we have in Christ as a new creation. Loving the lost is a mark of the Christian and manifestation of the Spirit. In our passage today, we see how to respond to spiritual warfare.
Spiritual warfare. The term is used often and often improperly. In this first of two messages from Acts 21:27-36, we look at a real instance of spiritual warfare that is taking place and how to handle it. Paul is undergoing intense persecution and will only survive if equipped with the armor of God. What does that look like?