Vs. 11, “If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!” It has now been two silent years that Paul had been wrongfully imprisoned. Festus, the new governer, was a more honorable man than Felix and would not allow Paul to be tried in Jerusalem. But Festus was still desiring to please the Jews as well. When Paul was questioned about going back to Jerusalem, it was then that Paul appealed to Caesar. The appeal to Caesar was the right of any Roman citizen, and therefore gave Paul his opportunity to finally go to Rome. Paul knew that if he was transported to Jerusalem, he would surely die. God once again saved Paul with the Roman citizenship.
Regarding application…Laws. Vs. 12, “After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!” As a Christian, we have every right to use the advantages of our countries laws to protect us! The United States has a law that we have the right of freedom of religion. If city council tried to shutdown our church, we could appeal to the US Supreme Court! There is nothing wrong for standing up against injustice. We can even use the Laws of countries to help us in our goal to spread the Good News. That is exactly what Paul did, and we must be responsible enough to know our rights so we can stand up if we are persecuted. I remember quite vividly the schoolyard fight I had with a young boy named JJ Reyling. We were all playing dodgeball and for some reason that day, everyone seemed to be tyring to get me out…especially JJ. I was so upset that I unleashed my 10 year old rage and went into attack mode. We punched and rolled all over until a assistant teacher ran to tear us apart. We had opportunities to share our version of what happened, and when I shared my story, I made an appeal (kind of like Paul) and shared how I was unjustly being targeted. To make a long story short…JJ didn’t get to go the class field trip the next week…and I did =) FYI – a couple of years later, JJ & I would become very close friends throughout our Junior & Senior high school years! Bottom line…it’s okay to appeal an injustice if your gov’t, school, parents, etc..permit it =)