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He Is Alive 

Two years had passed since came to the palace prison in Caesarea. Festus is now the governor instead of Felix. Felix thought he would be doing Paul's accusers a favour by Paul in prison, but they wanted more. Two years is a long time to wait for a decision from the court. Two years is also a long time to hold on to anger, but Paul's accusers still want Paul to be killed. The and want you when you are serving

Scripture says Festus is puzzled about how to investigate the charges and the claim that Jesus is alive. He realises he has been asked to decide a question about Jewish customs and practices (no being a Jew), so he asks Paul if he wants to stand trial at Jerusalem. Rather than return to Jerusalem, Paul, as a Roman citizen, appeals for his case to be heard by the emperor, Caesar. 

Leading up to this, Paul says, “If I am guilty of anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die”. He is willing to die, but he must be heard. He continues to follow the plan of God to be heard in Rome. 

Today the twists and turns of Paul's life are clarified by this , “Jesus is alive”. Paul was headed to Rome to testify about Jesus before the highest court in the world. Festus the fearless may have been puzzled, but Paul is certain. Jesus is alive, and others need to know this good . I pray this is our testimony. 

“They had some points of dispute with [Paul] about their own and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive. I was at a loss how to investigate . . .” (Acts 25:19-20).

Let's Pray 

Yahweh our Father, may the , testimony, and witness of our lives always be centred on this truth that puzzles still today: Jesus is alive! May we shout it throughout this sin-cursed world. In His name we pray, Amen. 

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