I wonder what the weather was on the day that the Apostle Paul was led out of Rome to his death. Paul would have been taken about three miles outside of the city by Roman centurions that were to carry out his sentence. They would have come to the point in which the soldier in charge would have declared that they had come far enough. Paul would have knelt down and he would have been beheaded.
Was Paul accompanied by friends, or just the rabble that always attended these events for pure curiosity? Was his sentence carried out on the day that his sentence was declared, which was likely, or sometime later?
Paul would have eloquently presented his defense just as he had done twice in the Book of Acts, but this time he would have been judged guilty of holding a dangerous and illegal superstition. Those that pronounced the sentence and those that carried it out would not have known of the greatness of this man. They would not know of how his writings and evangelism would change the world like no other mortal man. No collection of writings has ever come close to the power of the words of Paul. Even Paul had no idea how God has moved him.
On the road just outside the gate of Rome, Paul must have thought that he had failed. As he knelt down with dignity and humility for the final time, I am sure that he was glad to know that he would be with Jesus. , Phillipians1.20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. I am also sure that he was very saddened for those that he had not reached and were still lost.
Published on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 4:00 AM CDT