Herod Agrippa 2 was – of course – the son of Herod Agrippa 1, ruler of all of Israel. Several years after Agrippa 1’s death, Agrippa 2 was made ruler of northern Israel.
After Paul’s 3rd Missionary Journey, he was arrested in Jerusalem and sent to a prison in Caesarea after some Jewish leaders incited a riot against him (Acts 21-23). While he was there, the Roman governor asked Agrippa 2 to listen to Paul’s case and help him decide what to do with Paul.
Agrippa 2 and his sister, Bernice, arrived with great pomp and circumstance, including an entourage of high-ranking officials and leaders of Jerusalem. But, Paul saw right through Agrippa 2’s great display, and spoke directly to him about Jesus. Paul asked Agrippa 2 of he believed what the prophets said, at which point Agrippa 2 tried to dodge the question by asking Paul if he really believed he could convince him to become a Christian in such a short time. In fact, it appears Agrippa 2 even found it humorous that Paul would actually try to convince him to become a Christian!
Like so many people before and after, Agrippa 2 stopped within hearing distance of the Kingdom of God. He heard the gospel, but decided it wasn’t worth responding to.
What has been your response to the gospel? Have you received Jesus? Or have you resisted and rejected Jesus?
* There are no guarantees tomorrow will bring another opportunity to respond to the gospel.
Paul boldly answered that he wished everyone in the room would become Christians, like himself (Acts 25,26).
Sharing the gospel with certain people can seem intimidating, but ultimately we can rest assured that God is in control, and we should fear Him… not other people.
Follow Paul’s example and boldly share the gospel with others.
Apparently, this was too much heat for Agrippa 2. He and Bernice left the room, affirming Paul’s innocence to the governor. The Bible never speaks about Agrippa 2 again… and we don’t know what he did with the opportunity to choose Christ Paul gave him.
Like Herod Agrippa 2, people can hide behind all kinds of things – power, prestige, possessions, wealth, education, etc. But, in the end, we are all stripped bare by the gospel and must ultimately answer the question: “Do you trust your life to Jesus?”
You can read Herod Agrippa 2’s story in Acts 25:13—26:32.