Paul and Silas journeyed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, then came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was Paul’s custom, he entered the synagogue and for three Sabbaths interacted with them on the basis of the scriptures. Through his interpretation of the scriptures, he demonstrated that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. He declared, “This Jesus whom I proclaim to you is the Christ.” Some were convinced and joined Paul and Silas, including a larger number of Greek God-worshippers and quite a few prominent women. But the Jews became jealous and brought along some thugs who were hanging out in the marketplace. They formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They attacked Jason’s house, intending to bring Paul and Silas before the people. When they didn’t find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city officials. They were shouting, “These people who have been disturbing the peace throughout the empire have also come here. What is more, Jason has welcomed them into his home. Every one of them does what is contrary to Caesar’s decrees by naming someone else as king: Jesus.” This provoked the crowd and the city officials even more. After Jason and the others posted bail, they released them. (Acts 17:1-9, CEB)
Would you go to jail for the gospel?
Paul and Silas were in the synagogue for three weeks and talking to the people about the scriptures and telling them about Jesus and they worked up a frenzy and caused a commotion and when the officials went to arrest them they could find them and so they arrested the owner of the home where they were staying and others in their place.
Would you be willing to go to jail for the gospel?
Sometimes we need to say what we know we have to and stand in the place we need to stand for those who can not stand for themselves. And this could lead us to civil disobedience. Are you willing to go to jail for the gospel?
Loving People. Loving God.