Posts Tagged ‘Charges’


Acts 25:18-19
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.

Years after Paul was first charged by Ananias and then brought to Caesarea, his trial continues under the new leadership of Festus and now King Agrippa. This is part of a conversation Festus has with Agrippa regarding Paul and what stood out to me was Festus’ understanding of Paul’s belief in a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive. It made me wonder about what the Jews and any non-believers thought about Paul’s beliefs and similarly our belief. It made me wonder why people found it so hard to believe at all?

To most people, religion is a something they do and they do it because it is taught to them, expected of them and makes them feel secure. It is something they cling to for self-comfort and therefore is about their needs being met. For Paul and believers in Jesus, it is about a relationship with God that saved us from the depths of hell. It is not an act but a realization of the truth. Today I am reminded that I need to stop judging those around me, those in authority, etc. but that I should be focussed on seeking the Lord and living a life modeled on His own and let God use our lives as a testimony of lives transformed by Him.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Acts 24:5-9
“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.” The Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true.

Paul was brought to Caesarea for his trial by Governor Felix and the passage above is the charge that was levied against him. This charge was levied by Ananias, the High Priest, who traveled with other prominent Jews for the hearing. When I read this charge, the first thoughts that came to mind were the false charges made by the Jews against Jesus Christ. From what we have read about Paul in the various gospels, I had to agree with the charge if the Jews were referring to Paul being a troublemaker before submitting his life to Christ but not after. Do you agree?

Yesterday I had to vote for people in key positions on a chapter of marketing executives here and to help me decide, there was a brief description of each person along with a promise from them to do things to support the cause. How was I to judge their character from these well written briefs? In much the same way, when the accusations were made against Paul and with eyewitness (From the court’s point of view) testimonies to support, would he not have looked guilty? This is our story even in today. As Christians, we will face persecution if we stand for Jesus and the price we pay might be our lives but what we gain is an eternity with Christ and an opportunity to share the Love of God that transformed sinners like us, with the lost world. Is that not pure joy?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy