An Appeal For Justice

Today, in America we are celebrating Veteran’s Day. The men and women of our military live out every day what it looks like to put your life in the hands of another, and to trust them with it. We know this is also true of police and first responders. How many of us would be willing to place all of our trust, place our life in the hands of another? I have to say, it depends on who that person is. There are some people such as Diana, and some godly men I know, that I would have very little hesitation of trusting. However, there are some that I wouldn’t trust my yesterday to. Yet, there is only one Person, I inherently trust with every detail of my life, and that is God. The apostle Paul lived this out. In Acts 25, Paul is defending himself against baseless accusations. The Roman authorities are listening to the charges against Paul. Paul doesn’t something amazing in Acts 25. Acts 25:11 says, “For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”

Paul wan’t appealing to the Roman authorities for mercy. He was appealing for justice to be done. He knew that the accusations against him were baseless. Yet, he was taking a very big risk. What if the Roman authorities had been bought off by the Jewish leaders? What is the Roman governor just wanted to make an example of Paul? I’m sure there are many other “what if” scenarios here. However, Paul had entrusted his life to God, and knew that God was in control of all things, at all times. Paul knew that if it was God’s time for Paul to die, there was nothing Paul could do to stop it. Paul also knew that he was supposed to go to Rome, and what better way to get to Rome than to appeal to Caesar? There are some important lessons for us in this text.

  1. Trust God with your life. Paul was unwavering in his trust in God with his life. He knew that God was in control of every detail of his life. Paul knew he had done nothing wrong, but if they still ordered his death; Paul knew it was God’s will.
  2. Desire justice. Every Christian should desire that justice is done for all people, in all situations. As William Gladstone said, “justice delayed is justice denied.” Regardless of the person or circumstance, we as Christians are to desire the right thing be done. Christians can not tolerate injustice to be permitted. Micah 6:8 says, “…what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
  3. Seek opportunities to share the Gospel. Paul knew that he was supposed to go to Rome. Paul’s desire was that people would hear about the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel. By appealing to Caesar, Paul knew that both of those things would occur, even if it wasn’t the way Paul anticipated going to Rome. We can tell by the letter to the Romans, Paul wanted to come to him and set up a missionary headquarters there on his way to Spain. However, for Paul it wasn’t about what he wanted but instead what God wanted for him. However, Paul could make it to Rome and share the Gospel, the main thing was that the Gospel would be shared. Is that our desire? Are we intentional about sharing the Gospel wherever God places us? How can you commit your life to God today and to His purposes?

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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