“When I (Festus) was in Jerusalem, the chief priests and the elders of the Jews presented their case and asked that he be condemned.” (Acts 25:15)
As we will see in the following days, Paul will be set free because he had done nothing wrong, especially in the eyes of Roman law. In this chapter we see that the charges against Paul from the chief priests and elders had no merit to begin with! Festus even tried to come up with something to bring to the King, but to no avail. As Christians there may be times where we experience serious physical and spiritual opposition, even to the point where it makes no sense, but we can be confident that through our Lord Jesus Christ until the end.
The reality is that in our current lives we have a powerful Enemy who has serious influence over the world who is willing to do anything to keep us away from following God. The Enemy knows what the end result will be and wants us to suffer alongside him. Even when we’re doing our best in loving our neighbor or dying to our flesh, there will be charges made against us! Jesus is clear as day that the world will hate us because they hated him. We’d be persecuted as they did Him. And they hated Jesus for no reason! (Jn. 15:18-25).
The amazing thing about our Lord Jesus and God’s plan for our salvation was that it is not based on our merit but Christ’s. Even through accusations we may face, we have something greater to defend ourselves with: The Word of God. We simply cannot hear the truth of our salvation through Christ enough. Take a moment, pause, and reflect on the truth of our salvation:
- “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. ” (Rom. 8:1-2).
- “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” (Rom. 8:33).
- “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb.12:1-2).