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Paul to Agrippa: Here is the way it is, the Bottom line!
Summarize the gist of what Paul said to Agrippa (26:2-23).
2 "King Agrippa, I consider myself fortunate to stand before you today as I make my defense against all the accusations of the Jews, 3 and especially so because you are well acquainted with all the Jewish customs and controversies. Therefore, I beg you to listen to me patiently. (King, you know about things here in Judea; you know about the Jewish people and their beliefs and the events that have been going on.)4 "The Jews all know the way I have lived ever since I was a child, from the beginning of my life in my own country, and also in Jerusalem. 5 They have known me for a long time and can testify, if they are willing, that according to the strictest sect of our religion, I lived as a Pharisee. (These are the facts about who I was and how I lived and you can verify them.)9And now it is because of my hope in what God has promised our fathers that I am on trial today. 7 This is the promise our twelve tribes are hoping to see fulfilled as they earnestly serve God day and night. O king, it is because of this hope that the Jews are accusing me. (I am in trouble because I am simply carrying out my belief in what God has promised the Jews, promises which you, King Agrippa, are familiar with.) 8 Why should any of you consider it incredible that God raises the dead? (If it is possible that God exists and that He has created all things, maintains all things, why would it be so hard to believe that such a God could raise Jesus from the dead?) 9 "I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. 11 Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them. (I use to really hate this idea and I did everything I could to oppose Jesus and His believers.) 12 "On one of these journeys I was going to Damascus with the authority and commission of the chief priests. 13 About noon, O king, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.' 15 "Then I asked, Who are you, Lord?' " I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 16 Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. (God came to me in a miraculous way while I was going to kill and persecute believers in Damascus and totally changed the way I thought. ) 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.' (Jesus told me that I would be His witness not only to the Jews but the Gentiles, to turn them toward God and His offer of forgiveness through Jesus the Messiah.) 19 "So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. (I did what I was told by God to do.) 20 First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds. 21 That is why the (I have told people to turn to God and prove that they were really following Him by acting right.)Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me. 22 But I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen-(Jesus told me He would rescue me from my own people and others and keep me safe. Well, King Agrippa, here I am in spite of everything that the Jews and Gentiles have done to try and kill me simply because I am saying that what the prophets said would happen, has happened.)23 that the Christ would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would proclaim light to his own people and to the Gentiles." (And here's the bottom line: Christ died for our sins just like the scriptures said would happen, He would be buried and three days later He would rise from the grave, just like the scriptures said He would.)