In Acts chapter 27, Luke documents the journey for Rome. A dark and dangerous trip at sea shines light on the sovereignty of God and his ability to accomplish all things according to the purpose of his will.
In Acts chapter 26 we observe Paul give his defense before King Agrippa and many other witnesses. Paul stays focused and determined to proclaim the hope of Jesus to anyone who will hear him. Whether bound in chains, imprisoned, or a free man... serve Christ where God has you today.
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.