October 31, 2006

Saul Saw Jesus

Acts 9:1-19

"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." Acts 9:5


Saul was like an angry bull spewing out hatred and violence against anyone connected to Jesus. But Saul changed when he met Jesus. Saul fell to the ground when "a light from heaven flashed around him." This put him in a position in which he had to listen to God.

To his shock and surprise, Saul "heard a voice say to him, ?Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'" Saul thought he was serving God by persecuting Christians. But the voice said, "Why do you persecute me?" Completely shaken, Saul asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The reply: "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting."

Saul had figured that Jesus was in hell for claiming to be the Son of God. But this voice came "from heaven." All of Saul's ideas about Jesus came crashing down as his new Master spoke to him: "Get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

As a result, Saul joined a new fellowship. In Damascus, a disciple named Ananias called him "Brother." Saul was baptized, sealing the change in his heart and life, and from that day onward he preached the good news that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.

The essentials of all journeys with God are the same --repentance, faith in Jesus, baptism, union with other believers, and witnessing for Christ. Let's pray for clear guidance by the Holy Spirit as we go.

Lord, show us where you want us to go in the most important journey of all. By your Word and Spirit, reveal the truth to us so that we can share it with others. Amen.

About the author — Roger S. Greenway

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