Category: Christian example
Then as now, people can see with their eyes and hear with their ears, but if their heart is not open to the Good News, it’s as if their eyes are closed and their ears are plugged. To be open to the Holy Spirit, your heart has to be open too.
Paul was telling everyone who would listen that: (a) salvation is in Jesus Christ, (b) that through Jesus, God’s promised covenant and Kingdom is expanded to all nations, and (c) that Gentiles shouldn’t be required to observe certain Jewish customs in order to be included as members in the newly forming Christocentric community of believers.
If there is one thing that we all understand about patience, it is this: we all want patience – and we all want it right now! It just doesn’t come that way.
Here is an invitation. Live into a life of integrity. Have courage in the person God has created you to be.
Acts 25:13-22 (CEB)
How do you solve a problem like Paul? What do you do with a person who does not fit with the status quo or follow established community norms?
How do we have peace in a world of injustice?
Paul understood the implications for resurrection, both for this life and the next. Christ’s victory over death makes resurrection and eternal life possible for all. But, resurrection is both a present and future reality.
We as Christians live our faith in the world. Do we leave it at the church door on Sundays? How are we perceived in our daily lives in our communities? Does our faith show in all we do?
Paul has been moved to Caesarea, the seat of the Roman governor where we hear a familiar theme. The controversy is an intra-Jewish one, not a Roman one. And the local authorities seem puzzled.
Paul is in the crucible. He faces a severe, searching trial and is in prison. So much of this text reminds us of Jesus’ time facing the Romans. As explained by John Dominic Crossan, “Paul wanted to take back the world for God and he wanted all of us to join him”.