Verse(s): Festus said: “King Agrippa, and all who are present with us, you see this man! The whole Jewish community has petitioned me about him in Jerusalem and here in Caesarea, shouting that he ought not to live any longer. found he had done nothing deserving of death, but because he made his appeal to the Emperor I decided to send him to Rome.
Insight: Imprisoned in Caesarea, Paul wanted to have his case heard in Rome which was his right as a Roman Citizen. Festus appealing to King Agrippa, who would then send Paul to Rome provided a platform for Christianity on a much broader scale. Prior to Paul being tried in Rome Christianity was considered a sect which somewhat slowed it’s spread. (Paul’s Roman prison is a place that can be visited still today among the ruins near the Senate and Colosseum ruins.)
Prayer: Lord, you want all people to come to relationship with you and will utilize any and all opportunities to make that possible. Help me today to recognize the privilege I have in sharing the good news of the gospel whether in prison or as a free person. In your Name. Amen