Paul appeals to Caesar in Acts 25:1-27, and it seems that all the leaders who hear Paul’s case agree that he has done nothing deserving death.  Only the Jews disagree and they ask a favor of Festus against Paul.  They asked simply for Festus to “summon him (Paul) to Jerusalem.”  It was their intention to ambush Paul and kill him.  As we have seen over and over again in Acts, Paul has the favor of God, who is sovereign over the will of men.

The reader of Acts should not be surprised that Festus declines the request of the Jews in favor of having Paul face his accusers in Caesarea.  While evil continually pursues God’s elect, it has no authority over them and their course of life.  The Lord told Paul in chapter 23 that he would testify to the facts about Christ in Rome, and every step of the way Paul is protected.  Festus begins the fulfillment of the Lord’s words when he says, “to Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”  The God who made us leaves nothing outside of His control.  Take comfort in this.

Come worship the sovereign Creator this Sunday morning as He strengthens us through Word and prayer in corporate worship.

Song of Ascent: Come Boldly to the Throne

Call to Worship: Psalm 95:1-2

Song of Praise: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Corporate Confession: (A time of silent confession before God)

Promise of Forgiveness: Colossians 1:13-14

The Affirmation of Faith       The Heidelberg Catechism Q. 40-42

Leader: What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?

People: That by virtue thereof, our old man is crucified, dead and buried with him; that so the corrupt inclinations of the flesh may no more reign in us; but that we may offer ourselves unto him a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Leader: Why is there added, “he descended into hell”?

People: That in my greatest temptations, I may be assured, and wholly comfort myself in this, that my Lord Jesus Christ, by his inexpressible anguish, pains, terrors, and hellish agonies, in which he was plunged during all his sufferings, but especially on the cross, has delivered me from the anguish and torments of hell.

Song of Rejoicing: The Christian’s Hope Can Never Fail

Scripture Reading: Acts 25:1-27

The Response of Praise

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.