Daily Devotional Wednesday 18th March 2020by William Moody
The Conversion of Saul
9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”
Saul was a man consumed with hatred for Jesus and His followers (v1). He was now travelling to Damascus to arrest followers of ‘the Way’ (v2).
We need to realise that there will be people who will be vehemently opposed to Christianity and we should not be surprised at aggressive opposition. Yet even these people are not beyond God’s grace to transform.
The resurrected and glorified Christ now appeared in a glorious light (v3-5). Saul now realises that Christ, is who He said He was, the glorious Son of God. Also Saul becomes aware that his attacks on believers, Jesus takes as being very personal attacks on Himself.
Saul had underestimated the greatness of Christ and we must not do that. Jesus is the Almighty and eternal God, the Creator of the world (John 1 v1-3).
Saul also underestimated the seriousness of his attacks on believers. We likewise need to realise that Jesus takes it very personally when we are unkind to believers in our thoughts, words and actions.
Take time to speak to Jesus about the greatness of who He is. Take time also to confess when your thoughts, words and actions towards other believers have been unkind.
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