Luke wrote his two books (Luke and Acts) about Jesus and the early church with a special emphasis that Jesus and his early followers in the church did nothing illegal. That emphasis included Luke's account of this Roman commander's conclusion that Paul had done "nothing worthy of imprisonment or death." In fact, the commanders (sometimes called centurions in other translations) were very favorable and some even became believers, as did other soldiers.* Luke wrote his two volumes to a person, or group, represented by the name Theophilus,** which means "God-lover" or "friend of God." We meet this group of people, also called "God-fearing Gentiles," all throughout Acts** — they were Gentiles who had seeking hearts and were searching for God and the truth of his grace. For us as believers two thousand years later, Luke's emphasis should remind us that Christianity isn't anti-government or anti-society or purposefully devoted to illegal activities, but is an open door for those seeking God in every nation, culture, and language to find Jesus (Revelation 7:9-12; cf. Acts 1:8).
Open my eyes, dear Father, to those around me who love you and are seeking the truth about you, but who have not found Jesus. Please guide me, use me, and give me the disposition and words that make your love, grace, mercy, and salvation in Jesus attractive to them. For the cause of Christ, I pray this in the Lord's name. Amen.