There is no doubt Saul was on a mission. He was rabid, but while Saul thought he had a great plan for his life, Paul was about to meet Jesus and be forever changed. For Saul, attacking the Church was easy. He had no personal stake in the church. He was not close to the disciples and they were continuing to embarrass the leadership with their growth and community.
But, then Saul met Jesus personally. In a moment, God became real. Each of the persecuted were obviously right and Paul was an enemy of God. He was killing and persecuting God’s chosen. In one felled swoop, he was really and completely converted to the God he said he worshipped his entire life. There could only be one answer, Paul met Jesus.
In our lives, there are countless people that are extremely religious, completely devout—but, like Saul have simply not yet met Jesus. We do not dare question their sincerity, but can spot their emptiness from miles out. No amount of religion will ever replace simply coming to know Jesus. He cannot help but, change your life. He gives peace and purpose that lasts. We have to surrender our control of the journey and simply accept his lordship and redemption. It will change us forever.
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9 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.