As we look at this passage, we see Paul’s appearance before Festus and Herod Agrippa II. This last of the Herods that we see in the New Testament, was the son of Herod Agrippa I who had killed James, and had attempted to kill Peter.
At any rate, the Jews once again tried to get Paul to be brought to Jerusalem so that they could kill him, and when Festus tried to convince Paul to appear in Jerusalem (not knowing the Jews’ plot), Paul appealed to Caesar.
That left Festus in a bit of a quandary because he wasn’t sure how to present the charges that were made against Paul, which were purely religious ones. So when Herod came by for a visit, Festus consulted with him, and Herod agreed to hear Paul’s defense.
And so for the final time in the book of Acts, we see Paul give his testimony. Each time he spoke, we see a bit more of his story, and one of the most interesting things here was the mission Jesus gave to Paul on the road to Damascus.
I am sending you to them 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. (17-18)
The same mission that Jesus gave to Paul, he gives to us.
To share the gospel with those around us that they might see their own bondage to sin and the darkness that they’re in, and be set free from the kingdom of Satan and brought into the kingdom of God, forgiven of their sins and adopted as his children through faith in Christ.
Concerning this mission given to him in the vision, Paul told Festus and Herod,
I was not disobedient. (19)
How about you? God has told us to go and spread his gospel to those around us. Are you? Are you fulfilling the mission he has given you?