The apostle took full advantage of his opportunity to present his defense before King Agrippa and argued that the hope of the resurrection from the dead is fully in accord with the prophetic writings revered by the Jews. Paul recounted his efforts as a Pharisee to persecute the followers of Jesus of Nazareth and his encounter with Jesus Himself on the way to Damascus. He then related his commission to proclaim to both Jews and Gentiles the message of forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus. When Paul argued that Moses and the prophets predicted these things about the Messiah, Festus accused Paul of madness. The apostle appealed to Agrippa’s knowledge of the Jewish prophets, but the king shrugged it off, and told Festus afterward that Paul could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.
READING of ACTS 26
Lord, I give thanks for the life-giving message that turns people from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Jesus.
Meditation passage for today: verses 18-20, 22-23
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