Perplexed By Paul

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Now when some days had passed, Agrippa the king and Bernice arrived at Caesarea and greeted Festus. And as they stayed there many days, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a man left prisoner by Felix… When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.” (Acts 25)

The governing authorities in charge of Paul's trial are at a loss on what to do with him. He's an honest man who has been an upstanding citizen and has shown great respect for the governing authorities over him during his imprisonment. Despite the sentence of condemnation against him and the petition from the religious leaders that Paul deserved to die, those in charge of officially examining his life decided that he had "done nothing deserving of death."

Although we may not find ourselves imprisoned and officially on trial, our lives are constantly being examined and judged by the watching world around us. Are we living in such a way that the non-believing people around us are at a loss on what to do with us? Are we so honest, loving, forgiving and respectful towards those around us that they are unable to place us in any of their preconceived categories of what a Christian is like?

Paul is falsely accused but stays focused on being Jesus’ faithful ambassador.

The Roman governor of Judea is perplexed by Paul and has "nothing definitive to write" against him. All he can conclude about Paul is that he declares "a certain Jesus" is still alive when the rest of the world has determined this Jesus to be dead. May we live our lives in such a way that others have nothing critical to say about us except that we believe Jesus is our Lord and we believe that Jesus is alive.