Studying Acts (part 10)
During Paul’s three trials before Felix, Festus and Agrippa, it is apparent they all believed him to be innocent but because they were trying to keep the Jews happy they imprisoned Paul. This is really quite surprising when you consider that both the Jews and the Romans prided themselves on their justice systems. But the Jews hatred for Paul ran deep. Paul was persuading many Jews that Jesus was the Messiah and the Jewish leaders were losing their power.
It was the same for Jesus. The Judeo-Christian ethic is strongly based on high moral principles of justice but the Jews hatred for Jesus blinded them to the fact that they were acting against the very law that they were trying to protect. Despite the authorities believing in strong principles of justice both Jesus and Paul were persecuted on religious grounds because those in leadership were offended.
The lesson for us is that Christians can’t rely on the world for justice. Whether stated or not our faith is a challenge to those in authority and if it comes to a critical situation they will not necessarily act justly on our behalf.
Nevertheless we can rely on God to be our vindicator. Whether in this world or the next, in the end, justice will prevail.