The plan was to change the world. Paul had traveled Europe and Asia for years–preaching the Gospel and turning both Jew and non-Jew to the Lord. Still, after literal years of incarceration and being tried in Jewish and Roman courts–never adjudged guilty of anything–Paul stood before another governor pleading his innocence. Outside the court, the enemies of Paul waited to have him released so that they could kill him.
Paul claimed his rights a Roman–to appear and plead his case to the Emperor. In most cases, such a request would be laughed at–but Paul was not most cases! God had a plan to have him inhabit the very palace of Caesar. There he could change the very inner workings of an Empire. There, Paul would be safe from his “would be” assassins and finally be able to encourage and disciple the Romans that already knew Christ.
Tough circumstances are never easily or eagerly welcomed by God’s people. Personally, I like rainbows and unicorns. I hate the trials, temptations and tragedies we have to face on this journey. If, however, as his chosen people, we can use each event to somehow advance his kingdom, then, looking back–we will see his plan unfold and our legacy increase. There is neither possessions enough or power enough to replace an eternal legacy.
Paul said it best in Philippians 3–, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus!”
God calls us to face the journey with our legacy in mind–if we will, then we will experience a full and meaningful life.
God Bless You
Then Paul made his defense: “I have done nothing wrong against the Jewish law or against the temple or against Caesar.”9 Festus, wishing to do the Jews a favor, said to Paul, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and stand trial before me there on these charges?”
10 Paul answered: “I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. 11 If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”
12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”