Don’t you just love sunsets!
It bring that feeling of serenity, especially if you have a glass of wine in your hand and sitting on the beach.
This though was another special light that changed him and us forever.
He changed from a murderer to a hero in a blink of an eye.
Let’s read the story.
1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord — Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here — has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. – Acts 9:1-22
What an amaizing story by the hand of God in Paul’s life.
So what was Paul’s issue with Jesus, that he was persecuting his followers?
- He did not believe Jesus is the Son of God.
- He did not believe Jesus is the Christ (Savior).
So Jesus blinded him physically to show actually where his state of spirituality was.
His eyes was opened literarily and figuratively speaking by Ananias, he also got filled by the Holy Spirit.
How did he get filled by the Holy Spirit?
He was baptised for the forgiveness of his sin, then received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
What a great ending that started as a murderous journey.
How does your storey ends?
Prayer for Today:
Lord all the stories of salvation is truly life changing what we have been looking at. You change a murderer of christians to savior of pagans. Help me that my saving story might be as lifechanging as Paul’s. Amen.
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