[Festus had already agreed to send Paul to Rome, yet wanted to include other powerful dignitaries in the decision. So he asked them,] "But what shall I write the emperor? For there is no clear charge against him. So I have brought him before all of you, and especially you, King Agrippa, so that after we examine him, I might have something to write. For it makes no sense to send a prisoner to the emperor without specifying the charges against him!"
— Acts 25:26-27 NLT
Festus was wise in his maneuvering. He wanted all the political and religious dignitaries over whom he ruled to be valued. Being the Roman governor, he had to uphold Roman law. So, he included these dignitaries and especially King Agrippa, who came from a long line of Jewish rulers. Since Agrippa was Jewish, he was under the Roman governor, but perhaps Festus thought the Jewish ruler could provide some insight into Paul's situation, so Festus involved Agrippa in the decision about what to write concerning the charges against Paul. At the same time, Luke showed us once again that Paul was not guilty of any crime under Roman law. Luke wanted his readers, especially those like Theophilus who were Roman and interested in honoring God, to know that Christianity was not an illegal religion and its leaders were not dangerous to public safety. Jesus had taught that his followers should be salt and light in a world of decay and darkness.* They were — and are — supposed to live such good lives that people would see their lives and glorify God.** How are we doing at this job? How am I living up to Jesus' call to be a blessing?