Τhe book of Acts has a weird ending. Paul, the hero, sits in prison, his fate in the hands of a Roman Emperor. Talk about a plot twist!
The ending is so strange that some New Testament scholars have suggested that Luke (the author of Acts) might have been cut off mid-sentence. I disagree. I think Acts ends exactly as Luke intended.
The final word of the book of Acts is ἀκωλύτως, an adverb meaning “unhindered.” Ἀκωλύτως points to the true hero of Acts: not Paul but Jesus, this world’s true King, alive and well at the right hand of the Father, re-creating this broken world, making all things new. Unhindered. Ἀκωλύτως.
You can put the man in chains. You cannot put the Truth in chains. Christ on His throne: now there’s a happy New Year!