Paul, having appealed to see the Emperor concerning the false charges brought against him, somehow confused Festus who could not figure out how he should handle these charges. Paul also tied the hands of King Agrippa; for both these rulers admitted that they had found no case against him, nothing for which he should be put to death, as the Jews had demanded. As Festus said, he was at a loss as to how to deal with Paul’s case; but since the latter had appealed to the emperor, Festus discussed his case with the King. Paul had asked to go to Rome, but what case could be presented against him? There did not seem to be any sound rationale for him to be presented to the emperor as a prisoner on trial.
King Agrippa wanted to hear Paul for himself. Indeed, the apostle was being brought before king and governor for the Lord’s sake! And how eloquent, how passionately he stated his case. His case was Jesus’ case, testimony to the transforming power that features in an encounter with the Risen Lord. He had been transformed from a persecutor of those who followed Jesus into a follower himself. It was the Lord Jesus who had met him on the road to Damascus. And Paul knew that in an instant for he asked, “Who are you, Lord?
With clarity and conviction, Paul narrated his encounter with the Lord. His personal story, told straight from the heart, made both rulers uncomfortable. Festus put it to Paul going out of his mind. Agrippa’s response was “Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?”
Paul, in all sincerity, indicated that was his general aim- for any and everyone, to persuade them follow Jesus.
Do we seek to let our transformed lives be the magnet that draws those who relate to us to desire an encounter with the Lord? Or is it that we so resist the change that God would work in us that we feel impotent to witness to the divine power available for human transformation? If people are convicted through our witness and stay the same, then nobody’s blood remains on our hands.
But the question is, do we pray that God might use our presence, the change that God has worked in us, to witness that God can change others too? This is not about showing off how good we are. No. We are never that good! But do we realise that when we shrink from showing others that God does make desirable positive difference in our lives, we shrink from letting the world know more about the God of love.
This world is longing for news
That it may know God is love.
Tell it on the mountains
In the hills and cities
That the world may know
Jesus Christ the Son of God.