Acts 28:17–22 (ESV)
Paul in Rome
three days he called together the local leaders of the Jews, and when they had gathered, he said to them, “Brothers, though I had done nothing against our people or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the
hands of the Romans. 18 When they had examined me, they wished to set me at liberty, because there was no reason for the death penalty in my case. 19 But because the Jews objected, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar—though I had no charge to bring against
my nation. 20 For this reason, therefore, I have asked to see you and speak with you, since it is because of the hope of Israel that I am wearing this chain.” 21 And they said to him, “We have received no letters from Judea about you, and none
of the brothers coming here has reported or spoken any evil about you. 22 But we desire to hear from you what your views are, for with regard to this sect we know that everywhere it is spoken against.”
has arrived in Rome and he meets with the local leaders of the Jews. He addresses them by stating that the previous people he has met with wanted to let him go, that he has done nothing wrong as far as deserving the death penalty. The Jews have
kept demanding a hearing and this is why Paul has ended up here. Caesar says that nobody has sent letters and I haven’t heard anything, but that will change. Caesar has heard of Paul and they “desire to hear from you what your views
are.” Paul is going to get his soap box before Caesar.
I pray: O Lord, help us all to be ready to give account to what you have done for us, whether before a King, or whoever. Use
me as a speaker to echo your Word to the world around us. You are the resurrected Lord, who died for our sins and God the Father raised up from the dead... bringing victory over death. You are not about death, but about life. Help us
to testify in the face of death, knowing we live in peace with you. Amen.