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A Dead Man Named Jesus

Acts 25:19

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Instead, they had some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.

Acts 25:19 NIV

Festus, the Roman governor, was discussing Paul’s legal case with King Agrippa and his confusion concerning the issues. The chief priests and elders of the Jews had accused Paul of many things, while Paul claimed innocence. From Festus’ perspective, the issue is solely one concerning the Jewish religion. And in particular about a dead man named Jesus who had been killed on a Roman cross. But inexplicably, at least to Festus, Paul claimed Jesus to be alive.

25-30 years prior to this Paul was in the camp claiming Jesus was a dead man. So what happened? He encountered the resurrected Jesus and it turned his world upside down. Few people in our world today deny that Jesus lived and then died on a Roman cross. For most though, that’s as far as it goes. But, praise God, he is alive and, like Paul, we can know him and find life in him. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift (2 Cor. 9:15)!

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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