Friday, February 21, 2014

You, me and Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus Road

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9: 3-6

He was the pharisees' pharisee! A man absolutely determined to arrest and
persecute all those who believed in the new Way, men or women. He was
relentless, intelligent, resolute in his desire to wipe out these who were not
abiding by the Law. He was travelling with papers signed by priests giving him
the right to take prisoners to Jerusalem. He had been taught by Gamaliel, a
tanna, rich in the teaching of the Jewish Law.

You know the story... a BRIGHT light sent Saul to the ground followed by
a direct communication from the Lord Jesus, himself. After regaining his
sight on three days, and spending some days with the disciples in Damascus,
he was found preaching the gospel naming Jesus as the Son of God and the
only path to salvation and God.

Talk about a turn-around! Jewish leaders were astounded and, naturally,
angered and sought to have him killed. 

So what is up with the title of this blog? I am suggesting that all who are
called by God, who respond and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior are
changed. There probably will not be a blinding flash of light followed by
audible words from Jesus, Himself, but changes will come and be noticed
as the walk begins and continues. Isn't it amazing that God chose and chooses people like Paul, who one would think would have been the last choice to bring the gospel to the gentiles, to further His kingdom and do His work. Before any of us came to be Christians, we were dead to sin and separated from God.
Through His grace, we have come to be alive in Christ to do the work of
bringing glory to God and sharing the precious gospel of Jesus Christ.

How wonderful to be transformed! Praise God!