Three days later, Paul called the Jewish leaders together for a meeting at his house. He said, "The Jews in Jerusalem arrested me on trumped-up charges, and I was taken into custody by the Romans. I assure you that I did absolutely nothing against Jewish laws or Jewish customs.
After the Romans investigated the charges and found there was nothing to them, they wanted to set me free,
but the Jews objected so fiercely that I was forced to appeal to Caesar. I did this not to accuse them of any wrongdoing or to get our people in trouble with Rome. We've had enough trouble through the years that way.
I did it for Israel. I asked you to come and listen to me today to make it clear that I'm on Israel's side, not against her. I'm a hostage here for hope, not doom."
They said, "Nobody wrote warning us about you. And no one has shown up saying anything bad about you.
But we would like very much to hear more. The only thing we know about this Christian sect is that nobody seems to have anything good to say about it."