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Today's text from the ESV Study Bible: Acts 21-28.
The Book of Acts ends with Paul sitting in Rome under house arrest.
As we look back on this man's life, and try to boil down why he was so passionately driven to preach as he did we can only come to one place: the road to Damascus.
Paul, a learned Pharisee, hated Christians and was ferverently going about putting an end to this plague upon Judiasm.
But, this dead man named Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus and forever changed the direction of his life.
Seems impossible to believe, doesn't it?
Consider this, Paul, the apostles, and countless other eyewitnesses suffered horrible deaths proclaiming the this dead man named Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
Were they all decieved? Unlikely.
As yourself this, if you were facing a horrible death, would you give up your story? Would you die for a lie?
In just a few short years after Paul's coming death, Jerusalem will once again be destroyed to a pile of rubble.
Why would a sovereign God allow the holy city of Jerusalem to be destroyed? Because once again, just as in the time of Jeremiah, his own rejected him.
It is significant that Paul is in Rome. Rome was the center of the known world, and Christianity is going to take root here.
Listen to Dr. Mark Dever as he takes us through the final chapters of the Book of Acts on a recent Easter morning in his congregation.