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. . . . And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. . . . Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. – Acts 1-5, 9, 20-21
Saul hated anyone who was a follower of Jesus. He tracked and hunted them down. He tied them up. He dragged them back to Jerusalem. He was doing everything within his power to destroy the church (Galatians 1:13). That is, until He encountered the brilliant light and the penetrating voice on the road to Damascus.
Saul heard the Lord… Adonai, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And this Lord identified Himself as Jesus! In the aftermath of the conversation, Saul was blind. He was in total darkness for three days, but he was able to “see” the truth. What did He “see” while he was in the dark? He concluded that:
- “Jesus knows me.” He called Saul by name.
- “Jesus comes after me.” He was pursuing Saul.
- “Jesus is really Lord.” Saul had to revise his entire understanding of the man known as Jesus of Nazareth.
- “Jesus is intimately connected to His followers.” Saul was persecuting the followers of Jesus; Jesus said Saul was persecuting Jesus. What you do to a Christian, you are doing to Christ.
As soon as he regained his physical eyesight, Saul began preaching that Jesus was the Son of God. Have you ever “seen” the truth about Jesus?
Jesus knows you. He is pursuing you.
Saul… he represents every life changed because of the baby born in Bethlehem: every soul transformed by the Christmas Revolution!