2 Chronicles 1-3; Acts 25

Acts 25:7-12 When he appeared, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem surrounded him and brought many serious charges against him, which they were unable to prove. In defending himself Paul said, “I have committed no crime either against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.” Then Festus, wishing to ingratiate himself with the Jews, said to Paul in reply, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there stand trial before me on these charges?” Paul answered, “I am standing before the tribunal of Caesar; this is where I should be tried. I have committed no crime against the Jews, as you very well know. If I have committed a crime or done anything deserving death, I do not seek to escape the death penalty; but if there is no substance to the charges they are bringing against me, then no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar.” Then Festus, after conferring with his council, replied, “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go.”

Once again Paul’s Roman citizenship is a factor in the revelation of the glory of God.  We see later in Acts that in the eyes of the world Paul has made a mistake in invoking his rights, but the planting of the tiny seed that would bloom into the world’s greatest religion required Paul to go to Rome, the then “center of the world”.

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