Saul A.D.

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During Saul’s journey to Damascus, Jesus appears to him and questions his despicable actions against Peter and his followers. Saul falls to the ground in Jesus’ glorious presence and can no longer deny the divine power of the Son of God. The persecutor of the innocent meets the pain of awareness.

Acts 9:1-19

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”

Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”

And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”

11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus,[b] who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.

Saul, thought he ought to do all he could against the name of Christ and the followers of The Way. He truly believed that as a good man of God, he had to stop the blasphemy.  When he is struck blind, the power of that action must have taken him out of his ego.  Jesus had been revealed not only to his eyes but to his soul the double conviction must have immediately flashed upon him.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus chose Saul? Think  about  the power of converting your enemy to a friend. Saul’s conversion is one of the most important acts to transpire in  the book of Acts. It sets the tone for  believers that God can do anything with even the most vile of humans. We all have a second chance.

God chose Saul to be His instrument to share the Good News with the Gentiles.

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