Acts 27:1–8 (ESV)
Paul Sails for Rome
27 And when it was decided
that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius. 2 And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied
by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica. 3 The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for. 4 And putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds
were against us. 5 And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia. 6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board. 7 We sailed slowly for a number of days
and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.
After being in prison under King Agrippa and Festus. Now Paul is being sent to Rome. Today, we jump on a plane and fly to Rome. Today’s reading is basically a travel log of Paul trying to get to
Rome. He is being guarded by a centurion named Julius. Julius gives him “leave to go to his friends and be cared for.” This is less that “house arrest” and Paul is probably enjoying some freedom while still serving
as a prisoner. I know last year, I was eating at a Mc Donald’s when four prisoners in orange outfits came in ordered, sat down and ate, and then got back in a truck and went back down the road to work. I didn’t know what to think about
it, but they were trustees that obviously had the trust of those guarding them. They must have been in minimum security prison, definitely not maximum. Paul is able to have such leave. Nothing real exciting in today’s read, except we
see how Julius must have a lot of trust and respect for Paul. Trust is hard to build. As Christians... this is part of letting our light shine in this dark world.
I pray: O Lord, help be
to live and walk according to your will, that even my enemies know that they can trust me. With you Lord, we need not fear the world, because we know where we are going. Help me us to endure and walk in our faith unto the end. Amen.