Sep. 24. Paul Meets Governor Festus; Appeals to Caesar

Acts 25:1-12

Three days after arriving in Caesarea, Festus traveled to Jerusalem. While there, the Jewish leaders informed him that they wanted Paul brought to Jerusalem for trial. They had formed another plot to kill him in an ambush along the way.

Festus denied their request and stated that those in authority should accompany him to Caesarea and present their case to him there. After more than ten days he returned to Caesarea and ordered Paul to be brought into the judgment seat.

The Jews made many grievous charges against Paul that they could not prove. He made the same defense as he had made before Felix stating, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.”

In a good-will gesture toward the Jews, Festus asked Paul if he would be willing to go up to Jerusalem to be judged. Since he had not received justice in Caesarea, there was no hope of justice in Jerusalem either. Paul knew his rights as a Roman citizen and appealed to Caesar. This request was approved.