Sermon in a nutshell: “Road to Rome” (Acts 25:1-27)
Everybody wanted to go to Rome!
In the Bible for today, we have Festus (Procurator of Judea AD 59-62), King Agrippa (later became the Praetors), Bernice (daughter of King Agrippa and sponsor of the Vespasian Emperor), Paul, and Jewish leaders.
Jewish leaders were the substantial leaders of Jerusalem. They would not go to Rome. However, Festus, King Agrippa, Bernice, and Paul they all wanted to go to Rome. However the reasons why they wanted to go to Rome was different.
Was it Political Ambition or Calling?
For others, it was political ambition that made them to move to Rome. They wanted to have leadership in Rome. In that sense, they were same as the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. They just wanted different locations but they were same in the sense that they wanted power and control.
However, Paul wanted to go to Rome because he wanted to share the Gospel in Rome. He was called by God to spread the Good News in all pagan worlds. Rome was the center of the ancient Roman Empire. When Paul spread the Gospel there, the Good News of Jesus would be delivered to all over the world through the road system and culture of the empire.
Who is the true King of the world?
Festus wanted to get popular votes from the Jews. He did not release Paul from the prison. Felix, the former governor did the same. To them, Roman emperor was the king. To Paul, Jesus was the King of the kings. After we celebrate the Christmas, we also have to ask ourselves this question: Who is the king in my life? Am I seeking approval of the world or of God, the true King?
We will make it our priority to share Good News with others.
Because Jesus is the king in our lives we will follow his will. We will carry out his commandments. We will spend our time, talent, and money according to his will. Whatever happens to us in this world, it does not matter. We will keep our faith and trust God. If we go to Rome (if we achieve great things in the world) we will use it to spread the Good News of Jesus. God will make us great because we will use all that great power for the glory of God!
- What do you want to achieve in this world?
- When God allows you to have them, what would you do with them?