Why did Paul allow himself to be arrested?


When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” Acts 21:12-14
            Paul felt convicted that he needed to be arrested and marched into Jerusalem to confront the Jewish leaders and mob mentality that would have him arrested.  It was also best for him to be around Roman guards who were also his enemy, but they would protect him.  Paul says in Acts 23 that he had fulfilled his duty, meaning he had done all he needed to do—four missionary trips, years on the road, leading many to Christ, starting dozens of churches, raising up leaders like Timothy and Titus.
            Maybe Paul was getting old.  We know he wrote many influential letters during his time in custody, like the books of Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians and Philemon. 
            In the end, it was the Lord’s will for Paul to be in custody and head to Rome to face Caesar.  An angel told Paul he would reach that goal and we know he made a tremendous impact along the way.