Paul Appeals to Caesar

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Rev. Richard Mittwede, pastor at University Lutheran Church in Austin, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Acts 25:1-27.

Now governor in place of Felix, Festus works to make friends with the Jews in Jerusalem in order to keep tensions from flaring. Yet he does not fall for their attempt to get Paul to Jerusalem. In Caesarea, the case against Paul is heard yet again, but Paul sees through the kangaroo court. He takes the opportunity to appeal to Caesar for the sake of proclaiming the Gospel in Rome. Festus knows that Paul is innocent, but he takes the easy out by making preparations to send Paul to Caesar. As he recounts the history to Agrippa, Festus correctly recognizes that the case turns on whether or not Jesus is risen from the dead. In great human pomp, Agrippa and Festus will hear what is truly glorious: the Gospel that Paul proclaims.

“To the End of the Earth” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Acts. In his second volume, St. Luke records all the things that Jesus continued to do through the ministry of His Church. By the end of the book, the proclamation of the Lord’s Word that began in Jerusalem grows all the way to Rome. By God’s grace, even now, that same Word is proclaimed to us.

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