“But the word of God increased and multiplied” (v24). Luke, the author of Acts, begins this chapter with Herod killing James, and he ends the chapter with Herod himself dying (v23). For all Herod’s power to persecute and imprison believers, he could not stop the gospel from multiplying. Furthermore, when the crowds praised him, and he did not “give God the glory,” (v23), God struck him down, and he died. He appeared powerful while on the throne, yet God’s justice prevailed.
We don’t have to fear what looks like power in our world. As we continue to be faithful witnesses to Jesus, the gospel will “increase and multiply.”