Acts 25:18-19 & v27 (ESV)
18 When the accusers stood up, they brought no charge in his case of such evils as I supposed. 19 Rather they had certain points of dispute with him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who was dead, but whom Paul asserted to be alive.
27 For it seems to me unreasonable, in sending a prisoner, not to indicate the charges against him.
Festus, it seems, was having a hard time figuring out what to do with Paul. He assumed the chief priests had some serious charges of which he would be condemned to death. But upon hearing the charges, he commented that they had brought no charge in his case of such evils as he supposed. Rather they had points of dispute with their own religion.
This whole chapter reminds me of the ‘accuser’ namely satan, and how we have the promise that when we come before the judgement seat, his accusations will hold no weight because of the work of the cross. Jesus has taken our place so that we can boldly approach his throne. What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can stand against us?
Jesus, thank you for what you accomplished at the cross. Taking my sin and giving me your grace. I pray that you would keep me dependant on your daily grace, presence and power. And when I hear the accuser, I can say his is almost right but his accusations hold no weight. I am a sinner, but a sinner rescued by a loving saviour with a promise of adoption as a child of God and the redemption of my body. Thank you Jesus for the freedom I have found in you!