On trial to preach to high officials!
Scripture reading for June 8th: Acts 24
God knows how to open doors for His people to share the Gospel! As we read of the life of Paul, we see that the doors that are opened in the high places of government come to the minister as he is a prisoner, falsely accused by his own brothers! Sounds like Jesus, doesn’t it!
Following a plot to kill Paul by the Jews, the Roman commander has Paul transferred to Caesarea. This Roman province is governed by Felix. A letter of explanation accompanied the prisoner, explaining the Jew’s charges and the fact that Paul was a citizen of Rome. Felix agreed to hold Paul and conduct a trial where his accusers would present their case.
Tertullus, a lawyer for the Sanhedrin, came to detail the charges against Paul and spoke first. “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riot 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. . .” (Acts 24:5-8)
Paul was allowed to speak and went through his actions and shared that he was a follower of ‘the Way’. The only charge Paul stated he was guilty of was that he was a believer in the resurrection from the dead. At this, Felix, who was fully aware of ‘the Way’ dismissed the meeting saying that he would decide later.
“Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was a Jewess. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus.” (Acts 24:24) Paul again had opportunity to share with a high government official. Felix and his wife listened, but no record is given of their faith. God’s mercy is extended to all freely!