“From Claudius Lysias, to his Excellency, Governor Felix: Greetings! “This man was seized by some Jews, and they were about to kill him when I arrived with the troops. When I learned that he was a Roman citizen, I removed him to safety. Then I took him to their high council to try to learn the basis of the accusations against him. I soon discovered the charge was something regarding their religious law—certainly nothing worthy of imprisonment or death. But when I was informed of a plot to kill him, I immediately sent him on to you. I have told his accusers to bring their charges before you.” So that night, as ordered, the soldiers took Paul as far as Antipatris. They returned to the fortress the next morning, while the mounted troops took him on to Caesarea. When they arrived in Caesarea, they presented Paul and the letter to Governor Felix. He read it and then asked Paul what province he was from. “Cilicia,” Paul answered. “I will hear your case myself when your accusers arrive,” the governor told him. Then the governor ordered him kept in the prison at Herod’s headquarters.
(Acts of the Apostles 23:26-35 NLT)
The Roman commander sent Paul, with massive military protection to Antipatris to be examined by Felix, the Roman Governor in the region. Antipatris was 42 or 43 miles from Jerusalem. What a journey to make on horseback during the night! The soldiers and Paul must have been exhausted.
The price paid by those who have blazed the trail before us is huge. Let us never forget what God has done to bring us the gospel!
Rev. Curtis Norris