But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.” Acts 23:11
As Paul continued his journey into Jerusalem, it went as The Holy Spirit warned him, his life was in great danger. Paul tried to reach the Jews by even speaking in Hebrew, as Paul was Jewish and very well trained in the scriptures. The only thing keeping Paul alive at this point was the he was a Roman citizen, and the Jews feared harming a Roman due to the political consequences.
Paul knowing the Jewish theology very well brought up the resurrection, which immediately divided the Sadducees and the Pharisees. We still have these issues today in Christianity, doctrinal differences end up dividing a lot of Christians instead of unifying the Church. Eventually for Pauls safety the threw him into the barracks and wait until he can be put on trial as a Roman citizen.
During Pauls time in prison, Jesus Christ physically stood by Pauls said and told him “Take Courage” This must have been comforting words for Paul at this time, when it seemed the entire world was against him. Maybe you are in a midst of a storm or trial right now also, know that Christ is with you saying “Take Courage”
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jesus has told us to “Take Courage” because at the cross he has already overcome the world. Paul didn’t know what his outcome would be at this time, but he knew Christ was with him Amen
Heavenly Father, give us your courage and strength during our trials and struggles, help us to rely on you in Jesus Name Amen