The Book of Acts: Chapter 28 (pt 13 of 15)

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I probably should point out that those in Caesar’s household had the honor of hearing the gospel, although many of these folks could have been servants in his household. Ooh, I see it in your eyes; you don’t believe me and are wondering where in the world I found that out. That’s simple, look in the 4th chapter of Philippians:

All the saints greet you, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household . . .  —Philippians 4:22

See! I don’t throw those things out. Now, regarding this last chapter, did you notice that Luke doesn’t even focus our attention on Paul? This shouldn’t be too suprising, wasn’t Paul told that he would stand before kings—as well as suffering for the gospel? Personally, I expected to at least see this promise fulfilled. I would also like to know how Paul’s trial went. What was the outcome? Was he set free or condemned to death? I mean, when you read the story of Dr. Zhivago, don’t’ you wonder whether the girl at the end is lara and uri’s daughter? In fact, the book’s ending is rather bleak and sad. Then the Bourne Series ends with Landy testifying in front of the Senate regarding Blackbriar. Parsons watches a television news broadcast about the exposure of Operation Blackbriar, and that David Webb, a.k.a. Jason Bourne, was reportedly shot and fell into the East River. But once she hears that his body has not been found after a three-day search, Parsons smiles; Bourne is shown swimming away underwater after his fall. This is an obvious setup for another episode, but the series is done. What?!

So what about Paul? Do think it is wrong to care about what happened to Paul?

Well, I will answer my own question . . . no, I do not thing it is wrong to care about Paul’s well being; however, that is not what the Book of Acts is about. Paul certainly understood that. He knew that none of this was about him, but about the gospel, about sharing the great news of Jesus Christ. In fact, we hear Paul say this on several occasions. For example, we can look in Acts 20, after Paul has just informed the Ephesian elders that he is going to Jerusalem. He was well aware that imprisonment and suffering was awaiting him, but that did not move him.

“But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God’s grace” —Acts 20:24

Paul is not enve concerned about the well being of these Ephesian elders, or the flock in Ephesus, because they have the Word of God:

“And now I entrust you to God and to the message of his grace. This message is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” —Acts 20:32

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Story of Acts


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