When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius…
Paul is placed in the custody of a centurion of Caesar’s Regiment. Probably because Paul’s case will now be heard by the Emperor himself!
After a fairly normal beginning in their voyage to Italy, the journey very quickly resembles a cruise itinerary gone terribly awry!
Due to the season of the year and the prevailing winds were against them.
By the time they changed ships in Myra, the wind was against them, impeding their progress.
We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus.
Then the wind changed direction such that they were unable to continue on a direct course - We moved along the coast with difficulty and came to a place called Fair Havens.
Paul understands it will be dangerous sailing now at this late time in the year. His advice? Spend the winter in this safe harbor.
Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.
The centurion, however, listens to the advice of the pilot and the owner of the ship, so they press on hoping to reach a more comfortable harbor on the island of Crete.
Of course, in a short time Paul’s advice will be proven correct. Over the course of this ill-fated voyage, all of the men on this ship turn to Paul for leadership.
This is the way it often happens. God leads students of Jesus to gradually gain the respect of those around them and thus gain a hearing for the Message of Jesus.