After three months we set sail in a ship that had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the twin gods as a figurehead. Putting in at Syracuse, we stayed there for three days. And from there we made a circuit and arrived at Rhegium. And after one day a south wind sprang up, and on the second day we came to Puteoli. There we found brothers and were invited to stay with them for seven days. And so we came to Rome. And the brothers there, when they heard about us, came as far as the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns to meet us. On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. And when we came into Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who guarded him. (Acts 28:11-16)
Final Stages of the Journey to Rome
There had been believers at Rome for some years, and Paul had written a long letter to them to teach and encourage them in their faith. When they heard of his arrival in Italy, two parties of the believers there made journeys of 69km and 53km respectively along the Appian Highway to welcome him.
God has watched over Paul throughout, and his purpose for him to visit Rome has at last been fulfilled. The authorities continue to treat Paul with noteworthy respect.
Next time we shall read the last part of the story told by Dr Luke, how he spent the next two years. Beyond that we know nothing except that Paul was finally executed.
Please be thinking what Scriptures you would like us to post for you to read after The New Year (lo gsar).
In the next and last post on The Acts of the Apostles, we shall be asking you for suggestions. Maybe you would like to read another of the Gospels, for example the gospel written by the Apostle John, or perhaps one of Paul’s letters, like the Letter to the Galatians?