Who's on Trial?

Lou Lotz

READ : Acts 26:24-32

Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian? (v. 28)

What a shrewd courtroom maneuver – get the judge to testify on your behalf. Paul appeals to King Herod Agrippa, saying: “Do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe!” But the king says, “Are you so quickly persuading me to become a Christian?” Is the king being sarcastic or sincere? Whichever it is, the trial ends, and Agrippa’s judgment is that Paul is not a criminal; he’s just a kook.

Little does the king realize that he’s the one who was really on trial that day. Whenever the gospel is proclaimed, the person to whom it is presented – he’s the one on trial. The king thinks he has passed judgment on Paul; but judgment has been passed on the king.

How casually people traipse through life, not realizing the enormity of the choice we all must make. As Pontius Pilate put it, “What should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” (Matt. 27:22). Exactly. That is the choice – what will you do with Jesus?

What was true for Agrippa is true for all of us: when you hear the gospel, when you are given the chance to choose Christ, you’re the one on trial. And heaven is holding its breath, waiting for your response.


Father, here and now I accept Christ as my Lord and Savior.