Last Stop: Rome

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Acts 28:11-31

After an adventurous journey, Paul finally arrived at Rome. He was under house arrest, awaiting trial before the Emperor. To an outside observer, Paul was just another prisoner caught in the slowly turning wheels of the empire’s judicial system. In reality, God used this series of trials and tribulations to give Paul a testimony in many places, bringing him at last to the heart of the Roman world. Paul was in Rome because God put a desire in his heart to witness for Christ there, and God made it happen in a most unusual way.

Paul’s life is a journal of witness. Perhaps that life ended after two years in Rome. Or he may have gone on to take the good news to Spain. We do not know. Luke’s story of the church’s witness in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth stops here. He ends it with a summary of Paul’s years in Rome. In Rome, as in all the other places God sent him, Paul proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness. Amen, may it be so for me also.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, wherever I go, and as long as I live, may my life be a journal of witness for you.