Jason was a Christian in Thessalonica who gave shelter to Paul and Silas. But the Jews in Thessalonica who were envious of Paul and Silas and who did not believe in the gospel of truth and freedom in Christ, that Paul and Silas preached, sought them both and came to the house of Jason and upon not finding them there, they took hold of Jason and some others there, and dragged them to the rulers of the city, accusing them of abetting and harboring Paul and Silas, whom them claimed to be guilty of treason against Caesar, because of their allegiance to Jesus Christ as King. Jason and the other had to post bond before being set free.
What can we learn from Jason?
Giving shelter to those who are preach freedom in Jesus Christ can lead to one’s own personal freedom being taken away, but like Jason, we must extend hospitality and provide safe harbor to those who are proclaiming the one true King, Jesus Christ. Though Jason had to post bond for his release, in reality Jason was already free because of his faith in Jesus Christ, the one whom Paul and Silas preached. Man can imprison us and accuse us of treason, but it only true allegiance to the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, that matters.
Acts 17:1-9 (KJV)
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.