So, on the next day when Agrippa came together with Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium accompanied by the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in. Festus said, "King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that he ought not to live any longer. But I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death; and since he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him. Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord. Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write. For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him."
(Acts 25:23-27 NASB)
The Governor, Festus, and the King, Agrippa, came out with an entourage of sorts. Pomp and circumstance. It was all about the show. What time and effort often goes into political displays. I can imagine Paul shaking his head over this whole ordeal. He was interested in truth and eternity. They were interested in fanfare and immediate gratification. Pleasure seekers. Paul knew this would all come to an end. This life, we now live, is temporary (see 2 Corinthians 4:18). Eternity is forever. Why do we strive so hard for what doesn't last? We ignore the important to fulfill the urgent. Blinded, we are, indeed. Jesus spoke concerning gaining the world and losing our souls in Matthew 16:26. No matter what the current life offers, let's look ahead to eternity. The Day is coming when ALL the governors, kings, presidents, dictators, and/or any other rulers will all bow before the ONE, and ONLY King. He is KING of kings and LORD of lords (Revelation 19:16)! Jesus is His name. Can I hear you shouting Hallelujah?
Rev. Curtis Norris