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Friday, December 13, 2013

December 13 - Acts 24-26: Paul, Prisoner because of the Resurrection

Today’s Reading: Acts 24-26

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Paul will not let himself be martyred by the Jews.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

Tertullus, a Jewish lawyer, accused Paul of leading a seditious sect.
Paul defended himself since he was arrested while praying in the Temple.
Felix kept Paul under house arrest. After two years, Porcius Festus became governor.
Paul refused a Jerusalem trial and appealed to Caesar.
Festus asked the visiting King Agrippa to examine Paul and to find a charge against him that would stick.
Paul recounted his conversion story to Agrippa. He was a prisoner because he believed in the Resurrection and they did not like him teaching the Gentiles. He pushed Agrippa to consider becoming a Disciple of Jesus.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

Paul would not let go of the Resurrection even though it kep him in prison.

Depending on the timing, Paul had already written how the Resurrection is the only doctrine worth dying over. Paul lives up to his words. He is willing to stay in prison for years because of his belief.

Jesus called Paul to be a lighthouse to the nations.

I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me. (26:17-18, The Message)

Would you be willing to stay in prison wrongly for over two years because you believed in the Resurrection?

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