answers, Acts 25

24 Jun

‘Paul answered: …’

What is an answer? Answers are words in search of their mates, in search of questions.

Paul’s questions are: where are you? How,  why did you get here, waiting over two years for this trial? 

Sometimes, we can respond to, answer, our own questions –

“Paul answered: I am now standing before Caesar’s court, where I ought to be tried. I have not done any wrong to the Jews, as you yourself know very well. 11 If, however, I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die. But if the charges brought against me by these Jews are not true, no one has the right to hand me over to them. I appeal to Caesar!”

12 After Festus had conferred with his council, he declared: “You have appealed to Caesar. To Caesar you will go!”

Paul is going to Caesar, to Rome. Because he knows who he is, a Pharisee, as well as a Roman citizen, who believes in the resurrected Jesus. 

And he is going to testify about who he is and how and what he believes in Rome.

Jesus is his answer, and Rome’s.

Jesus answers.

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