Acts 25:13-15 13 A few days later King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea to pay their respects to Festus. 14 Since they were spending many days there, Festus discussed Paul’s case with the king. He said: “There is a man here whom Felix left as a prisoner. 15 When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned.
This is just ridiculous. Is it April Fool’s day or something? How is it that after two years of sitting in prison under Felix, the chief priests and elders still have a beef? Seriously, they are still working up a conspiracy plan to kill Paul. Two years of him sitting in jail. Two years of the church growing like crazy. Two years of the Holy Spirit at work. Two years worth of leaders raised up. Yet they are still gunning for Paul. Move on, guys. It’s time to get over it.
When I read this passage today my thought was: you have got to be kidding! How is it that after all this time, these guys are still ticked off? They killed Jesus and that didn’t help them, so what good will it do to keep a grudge against Paul? It won’t help at all. Hanging on to lame arguments and past hurts injures the person hanging on. It kept their focus on taking care of Paul while the church of Jesus Christ spread like wildfire all around them.
We can read this story and wonder what their problem is. We can point our fingers and mock their stupidity. We wonder how it is that they just couldn’t let go of this one. In fact, the text says that they were charging him with stuff they couldn’t prove. I bet they couldn’t even remember why they were mad in the first place. Yes, those morons just couldn’t get over it. But what about us? Are we hanging on to foolish things that are only hurting us? Are we remaining stuck because our feelings got hurt two years ago? Hanging on to the past hurts you. You might be laughing at the chief priests and elders today, but if you are doing the same thing… the joke’s on you.
*Are you hanging on to stuff that is hurting you? Stop looking back, forgive, and see what happens when you start looking forward.