A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus. Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul’s case with the king. He said: “There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner. When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned. I told them that it is not the Roman custom to hand over anyone before they have faced their accusers and have had an opportunity to defend themselves against the charges. When they came here with me, I did not delay the case, but convened the court the next day and ordered the man to be brought in. When his accusers got up to speak, they did not charge him with any of the crimes I had expected. Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.” (Acts 25:13-19)
Governor Festus was baffled. He committed to sending Paul to Caesar for trial, but what will the charge be? Paul’s conversing about Jesus’ resurrection wasn’t a crime. So he consults King Agrippa.
When we don’t understand something, we seek other opinions. So when we tell another they can find hope in Jesus because he saves us from sin and death, we’ll perplex them. They’ll seek the views of their friends and colleagues like Festus did.
This conversation between Festus and King Agrippa was private. How many times were their words about Jesus repeated until Luke heard them and wrote this passage?
Next time you perform an act of kindness, tell the person you did it for Jesus. If you don’t feel comfortable talking about Jesus, give a stranger a gift card to the local grocery store and write Jesus saves on it. Know that they’ll ask others how Jesus saves or a least tell their friends about the crazy person who paid for their food in the name of Jesus.
Father, I praise You for the hope of eternal life through Jesus. Give me the courage to start a conversation that will fuel others to talk about Jesus. Keep me and my loved ones safe today and bind us closer to You. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.