Here’s the deal.
Saul/Paul shows up in Acts 7:58 taking care of the robes of those who were stoning Stephen. In Acts 9 he meets Jesus on the way to kill Christians in Damascus. In Acts 13 – 19 we have described for us the three missionary journeys of Paul, 7 chapters. Acts 19:20 is essentially the end. From that point on, Paul is headed to Jerusalem, that is his focus.
From Acts 19:21 – 28:31 we are told about the trip to Jerusalem, Paul’s saying goodbye to communities of faith that he has been instrumental in forming, warnings about what would happen in Jerusalem to him, his arrest, his trials, his imprisonments, testimonies, and finally his shipwrecked trip to Rome, all of this ending with him in house arrest in Rome. 9.5 chapters, more detail than all of the missionary journeys combined.
If I were Luke, it seems like the most important thing would be the spread of the gospel, the Word of God, but Luke gives 7 chapters to that, and 9.5 to this journey to Rome by way of Jerusalem. Proportionately there is more emphasis on that last journey than just about anything else in the book.
What are we to learn from this? Why has the Holy Spirit inspired Luke to write so much detail on this journey in his account of the early church?
It is intentional. There is a reason. I have some thoughts as to why. What are yours?