“I Appeal to Caesar!”

As I spent time in God’s Word this morning, I came across Acts 25:10 where the Apostle Paul declared: “I appeal to Caesar!”

He was standing in front of Festus, the governor. He had been falsely accused by the Jews of creating havoc in Jerusalem. When Paul realized he was getting nowhere with his arguments and a very real possibility existed of being sent back to Jerusalem, he claimed his privilege as a Roman citizen to stand before Caesar to plead his case.

Before Kim and I went to Israel this past summer, I wasn’t sure where all of these events took place. So, I will assume you do not either. That being the case, let me share a few maps, quite a few pictures, and a couple of videos that I took on our trip to help you visualize where the events at the end of Acts took place.

Let’s begin with Acts 23. Paul was in Jerusalem and had been taken prisoner by the Romans. He had been accused by the Jews of creating a riot. When a plot to kill Paul was discovered, he was transported at night 470 Roman soldiers to Caesarea (Maritima). Here’s a map of their journey.

One of the current routes from Jerusalem to Caesarea. (Source: Google Maps)

When reading the Bible, some may get the two Caesareas mixed up. One was where Jesus said: “On this rock I will build My church” (Matthew 16:13-20). The other was where Paul was taken by the 470 soldiers from Jerusalem (Acts 23:23-24).

Here is a map to show the two Caesareas. Paul was taken to Caesarea Maritima which is on the Mediterranean coastline. Jesus was in Caesarea Philippi (about 30 miles north of the Sea of Galilee) when He said: “On this rock I will build My church.”

Caesarea Maritima
There is about an 85 mile walk between the two Caesareas. (Source: Google Maps)

So when Paul was in Caesarea (Maritima) and said, “I appeal to Caesar” (Acts 25:11), he was soon transported to Rome. As a Roman citizen, he had this right. Soon, he would be taken on a 2,000 mile boat voyage to Rome where he would be able to plead his case before the Emperor.

Here is the map showing the vast Mediterranean Sea that Paul traveled on to get to Rome.

The red pin is on Caesarea (Maritima) and Rome is visible in the top left of this map. The journey was over 2,000 miles. (Source: Google Maps)

As I read in Acts 24-26 this morning, it all took place in Caesarea (Maritima) on the coast of the Mediterranean.

So, here are some pictures I took this past summer in this place. (Realize that this place has watched 2,000 years pass since the Apostle Paul was here. The Crusaders also did some major work to the place.)

Amphitheater at Caesarea by the Sea
Roman architecture and a gift from Heaven.
What is left of the Promontory Palace.

The picture below details what the Promontory Palace might have looked like in the first century. As you look at the picture below, imagine that I am standing with the people in the picture looking out to the Sea. That is roughly where I stood to take the above picture. To my right is the hippodrome where the races took place.


What is left of a pool. This place would have been luxurious in the first century.
Imagine horses, chariots, and riders racing around this track as spectators watch from the seats on the right. The vast Mediterranean Sea is on the left.
The wall of dirt and shells behind our tour guide (Mika) is saturated with history. As rain washes layer after layer away, she told us that Roman coins may fall to the ground.
If I remember correctly, this is the location of a temple that was built by Herod. The area is being reconstructed.
While construction is taking place just around the corner, archaeologists are digging in an attempt to discover history. Israel is where progress and ancient history exist side-by-side.
Architecture from the time of the Crusaders.
A fortification wall and a moat from the time of the Crusaders.




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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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