1) “I have done nothing wrong.” This is what Paul said in 25:8. What would it take for you to be able to say this? What freedom would you experience if this was the case?
2) What’s the big deal about Jesus’ resurrection? What is different because He rose from the dead?
3) How far above the line do you live? How hard would it be for someone to bring a charge against you?
“I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” Found in 2 Timothy 1:3, this sums up the freedom Paul experienced because of the way he lived. He had a clear conscience because he had done nothing wrong.
Festus takes advantage of a visit by King Agrippa to try to understand the issue the Jews are having with Paul (25:14). In a very casual manner, Festus sums up his understanding of the situation as, “some points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a dead man named Jesus who Paul claimed was alive.” Festus didn’t have a clue. The difference between Jesus being dead or alive is everything. Here is how Peter captured this truth in 1 Peter 1:3: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Since Paul had appealed to Caesar, he would be sent to Rome. However, none of the charges the Jews brought against Paul would stick (25:7). This created a dilemma for the Roman authorities who now had to send a prisoner to the Emperor without knowing what to tell him (25:26-27). Paul had lived properly and rightly before all men. And now, when people were looking for something negative to say about him, nothing could be found. I pray we would live our lives with that high standard in mind.