This passage starts when the Jewish leaders planned to kill Paul by asking Festus to transfer Paul to Jerusalem for his trial (v.3). Festus who represented the (Roman) governor of Judea told them to follow him to Caesarea and put their charges against Paul there (v.5).
We found out through the passage that all those serious accusations they put against Paul failed. He was proven not guilty against the Jewish laws, the Temple or Roman government (v.7-8). At this point, Festus should be able to release Paul and free him from any accusations. Nothing that Paul did deserved his death (v.10-11). However, despite the clear truth of this case, Festus wanted to please the Jews for his own sake by asking Paul if he would like to stand trial in Jerusalem (v.9). That means opening the way for the Jews to kill Paul as they planned.
We learn a lot from this passage, especially about integrity. Will we stay true to the truth no matter how difficult it can cost us? When the majority refuse to accept the truth, what are we going to do? Who are we going to please? It could happen when we need to speak out the truth God has shown clearly, when we need to defend the weak and the oppressed ones or even when we must make a fair decision involving our loved ones where honesty is required. As Christians, let’s stand firm on the Truth, which is the Word of God. May the Holy Spirit help us. Amen.