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Crazy Gospel

April 18, 2018

"At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense.“You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” 

“I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.” 

Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”

 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am...  Acts 26:24-25, 27-29 (NIV)

 

 

Allow me to set the scene. Paul has just arrived at Jerusalem and shortly after is informed that there were Jews there that had been spreading false rumors about his character and what he’s been up to. Some of Paul’s friends planned to reconcile Paul with the Jew’s there. The plan was to have him go to the temple with four other men and shave their heads. Now this wasn’t to show that you played for one of the two teams in the Mohawk Bowl but rather that you had just completed a vow to God and was very much in-line with Jewish custom. However, to make a long story short it did not work out. 

 

In the passage above we catch up to the story of Paul as he is appearing before King Agrippa to explain himself. Rather than rising up against his accusers for such an unfair arrest and trial he uses it as an opportunity to ultimately share the Gospel of our Lord with the king and those gathered. Paul had just finished explaining how God’s hand had been all over him protecting his life and guiding him all the way until the present time. The reason being so that he could share who Moses and all the prophets (backbone of what Jews believe) were writing about (Jesus). And here comes big mouth Festus who interrupts Paul and calls him crazy and that he’s become insane by his studies. Rather than responding negatively to Festus’s comment Paul compliments him and continues on sharing and claims that what he is saying is actually the truest thing being said. 

 

Paul shows us what we should value in this period of time we have on the earth. Instead of promoting our own self and fighting for our own causes, we should be so concerned with making Jesus’s name famous that people might think we are crazy at some points in our lives. The Gospel is crazy. Jesus’s love for us is irrational and the math doesn’t add up, but there is absolutely nothing we could do to make Him love us more or less. So don’t be discouraged if you are called crazy or looked at differently, trust me, James get’s those looks all the time! People may look at the Gospel and think that it is too good to be true. It is our job as Christ followers to share with them and walk them through the truth of it. Be willing to set aside and even use your reputation and your status so that Jesus can be glorified.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, give me the courage to care more for the souls of others than my own reputation. Thank you that you loved me so much that you gave Yourself for me. With Your grace, I will do the same for others. I want to make Your name great! Amen.

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