I'M NOT CRAZY, I'M JUST SAVED
Intro: This passage finds the great Apostle Paul on trial before King Agrippa
and the Roman governor Festus. Paul is given the opportunity to give a
defense for his actions. Paul uses this setting as an opportunity to share his
salvation testimony. When these pagan rulers hear what Paul says has
happened to him and what this Lord he claims to serve has called him to do,
Festus speaks up and calls Paul a "mad man". He tells Paul that all of his
education and learning has driven him over the edge!
The word "mad" comes from the word that gives us our word "mania".
Mania is defined as 1.) Obsession - an excessive and intense interest in or
enthusiasm for something. 2.) A psychiatric disorder characterized by
excessive physical activity, rapidly changing ideas and impulsive behavior.
When these pagans hear what Paul was, what happened to him and
what he is doing now, they concluded that he has gone absolutely, stark
raving mad! They think he is crazy! When Paul hears this charge he
responds by saying, "I'm not crazy, I'm just saved!"
When the world looks in on this thing we call Christianity, when they look
at this life we live for Jesus, they conclude that we are crazy! I would say
to them, "I'm not crazy, I'm just saved!" I want to point out three areas of
Paul's testimony that Festus and the others thought was crazy. By the way,
the world thinks your testimony is crazy in these areas as well! I just want
you to see that what the world thinks os crazy is nothing more than mere
Christianity! I want to preach in the thought: "I'm Not Crazy, I'm Just
I. V. 13-22 PAUL'S CLAIMS SEEMED CRAZY
A. What were the claims that Paul made?
1. He Claimed To Have Seen A Light - v. 13
2. He Claimed To Have Met The Lord - v. 14-18 (Note: The One
he claimed to have met was the same One everyone knew had
died. For some reason, Paul believed that He was now alive
3. He Claimed To Have Abandoned His Old Life - v. 19-22
B. Paul's claims may have sounded bizarre to these pagan rulers, but
to anyone who knows the Lord Jesus Christ, they make perfect
sense! Here's why:
1. Every Saved Person Has Seen The Light - 2 Cor. 4:6; 1 Pet.
2. Every Saved Person Has Met This Risen Lord - Rom. 10:9;
Eph. 2:8. (Note: We are said to be "in Him" - 1 Cor. 12:13; We
have been reconciled to God by Him, Eph. 2:13-22. He has
taken us in one hand and God in the other and brought us
together in Himself!)
3. Every Saved Person Has Abandoned The Old Life - 2 Cor.
5:17; Eph. 2:10!
C. When the world hears the testimony of the redeemed saint, surely
they think we are crazy! After all, we talk about things that cannot
be seen or handled. But, to those who have been lost in the depths
of sin and have made the trip to Calvary by faith and have met the
risen Savior, it all makes perfect sense. We're not crazy, we're
II. V. 4-12 PAUL'S CONVERSION SEEMED CRAZY
A. Think about all the things Paul was before he was saved:
1. He Was A Religious Man - v. 5; Phil. 3:4-11
2. He Was A Zealous Man - v. 9-11; Acts 7:58; Acts 8:1-3; 1 Tim.
3. He Was A Man Of Considerable Wealth, Position, Power And
Influence - v. 12.
Yet, when Paul met the risen Lord, he simply walked away from the
old life and began to serve the Lord. It seemed absolutely crazy to
those who saw and heard about the changes in Paul's life.
B. But wait! This is what happens to every lost sinner when they meet
the risen Lord! Everything changes - Ill. 2 Cor. 5:17, this verse
points out the radical nature of the changes that take place. (Note:
One creature has differing habits, interests, likes, tastes, etc, from
another creature.) (Ill. Some possible scenarios.)
C. When you encounter that old crowd and they think you have lost
your mind, remember, you're not crazy, you're just saved!
III. V. 16-22 PAUL'S CALLING SEEMED CRAZY
A. He claims to have seen a light that was brighter than the sun. He
claims to have talked to a dead man, Who is now alive again. He
says that this once dead man has called him to leave behind a life
of affluence, influence, power, position, prestige, prominence and
prosperity to go all over the world and tell everybody he meets that
they too should follow this once dead, now living Lord. That must
have sounded absolutely ridiculous to everyone in that room.
But, as crazy as it may have sounded, crazier still is the fact that
he was doing it! The change in Paul's life was so real and the calling
he had received was so compelling that He could not help but tell
others about Jesus and what He had done in his life. He could not
help but tell them what Jesus could do for them too!
B. Did you know that the same call that rested on Paul's shoulders has
been placed on ours as well? The Bible is clear, Mark 16:15; Matt.
28:19-20; Acts 1:8, we are to tell the world what Jesus has done for
us and what He can do for them if they will only believe!
C. When you feel compelled to tell someone about a crucified, risen,
returning, reigning Lord named Jesus it does not mean you're crazy;
it just proves that you're saved!
Conc: In that kangaroo court that day all the roles were reversed! The only
sane man in the room was in chains while the nuts were running the show!
The craziest people in the world today are not in places like mental
institutions and the like. The craziest people in the world are those who are
lost in sin and will not come to the Lord Jesus Christ!
May we who are saved never be ashamed of who we are or what the
Lord has done for us! May we never feel like people will think we are crazy!
We are not crazy! If you have had enough sense to trust Jesus as your
Savior, you are headed to Heaven, you are saved by grace, your sins have
been all washed away. You are not crazy, you are just saved! That crowd
that does not know Jesus, they are the crazy bunch! They're the ones
running here and there looking for love, help and satisfaction in all the wrong
places. We are the ones who have found the answer to all life's questions
and the solution to all life's problems.
Therefore, don't be intimidated by a bunch of people who have been
driven insane by sin. They are the ones with the problems. They are the
crazy ones! As for you and me: We're not crazy, we're just saved!