August 25th, 2019
Jason Was Drug Before the Rulers
Acts 17:6-9 (KJB) And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. 8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
These were troubling times, especially for Jewish believers like the Apostle Paul who openly proclaimed the truth that Jesus Christ was King. When the area leaders heard this expression in association with this man named Jesus, they linked Him exclusively with what was expected of world-based leadership and wanted no part of Him. These men were not able to put together that Jesus was a king, the King of Kings, both an earthy King and a spiritually unrivaled leader from the supernatural spiritual arena. Their viewpoint was narrowly limited to familiar earthly based leadership, such as was expected of them, leaving no room for the likes of any Kingship claims from a man named Jesus.
These men felt instantly betrayed, threatened, and vulnerable upon hearing men say that Jesus Christ claimed to be King. Politically speaking, this kind of statement whether proclaimed by men of God, religious leaders, including the Apostle Paul, was akin to insurrection. It was like rolling mass rebellion and rejection of their earthly leadership together into one large and looming ancient “religious “chaos of which they wanted no part for no other leader was above their authority.
This notion of Jesus being a King began to stir up the emotions and ill spiritual hearts of these pride-filled rulers and together with this crowd having “mob-like” mentality. They could not locate Paul as tensions soared, but latched onto Jason one of the brethren, and drug him before their panel for further consideration in this urgent matter. These men and others with them, like Paul and Jason, were blamed for this “stirring of the pot” with their unproven fabrications causing an uptick in the emotions of the crowd and ill will in the hearts of these authority figures.
Eventually, these leaders released Jason will the expectation that their entire group would all leave this area promptly, taking their lies and religious distortions with them.
Just like today, often lost hearts desire to put a clamp on the Truth, even if they must break current laws or create new ones to stifle God’s message and attempt to unravel God’s chosen messengers. However, we know that though God’s Truth might be removed from an area for a time it cannot be buried in the sand of this world for Truth of God and His saints will be preserved and powerful forever.
These leaders could not fathom the Truth. They had no idea who Jesus Christ is and that He most certainly will be a King forever. Their limited understanding pertained only to their earthly leadership, what they were familiar with, and what was taking place in their immediate surroundings. Hearing about a new king left them feeling rather unnerved and vulnerable.