The day that changed everything.
In Acts 9, Saul is traveling to Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven shines about him. He falls to the ground and hears a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Saul cries out asking who it is? The voice identifies himself in Acts 9:5, “I am Jesus who thou persecutest.” Saul in his efforts and actions to persecute Christians, has ulitmately succeded in persecuting Christ.
When the Christians of Jerusalem felt pain, Christ felt their pain. Even today when we hurt, Christ hurts with us as well because we are his. “For we have not
Acts 9:6 tells us Saul is astonished. He trembles. Saul is afraid, but why? Saul is afraid because he realizes at this moment, he is doing something wrong. He realizes he has justified his actions and killed Christians because of his false belief. The entire time Saul was making havoc of the church, Saul believed he was doing the work of God. He believed rounding up the followers of Jesus was a good thing. In Saul’s mind, Jesus taught against the law of the fathers, the Jewish law. However now, on the ground, trembling and astonished Saul realizes he is wrong. He realizes Jesus is who he says, the Christ. Saul believes, and he is afraid. Jesus was the Messiah, and his followers weren’t trying to destroy Judaism. They were trying to spread a message of hope and truth. Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Jewish prophesies that Saul studied his entire life. Saul astonished finally sees the truth. He finally understands.
Sauls stands up. He immediately realizes he can not see. He is physically blind. The irony here speaks volumes. He finally understands or “sees” who Jesus really is, the Christ. He is the Savior of the world.
So what does Saul do? He obeys. Saul goes to Damascus and waits for the Lord…