Acts 13:27 “This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.”
The Commander, Claudius Lysias, is writing to Felix as he has Paul escorted to Caesarea.
Whether we want to say this is a slight exaggeration or a down right lie that is your opinion, but is wasn’t true and he left out some details.
He twists the truth to put him in a positive light with the governor. He had only discovered Paul was a Roman citizen after he had rescued him from the mob and had him stretched out ready to be flogged.
The story of Christmas is the story of a rescue.
We were in sin and deserving punishment.
The devil had a hold on us and knew all our sins and demanded justice for them.
But God came.
The incarnation of Christ was the rescue for all mankind. It was joy to the world.
Today be glad, don’t be downhearted, He has come, you are rescued. And if you need rescuing again, He is near to you.