1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 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.
19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”
22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
Acts 9:1-2 & 19-22, New King James Version
Jesus Is the Christ
What happens when a person becomes a Christian? Everything changes! Their entire world has a new perspective. We see a perfect example of this in Saul. (The entire account of Saul's miraculous conversion is found in verses 3-18 of Acts 9.)
Saul was one of the most feared of the Jewish leaders because of his zeal in persecuting believers in Christ. As such, he would have been voted as one of the least likely to ever be converted to Christianity. God, however, had other plans. On his way to Damascus to find Christians and bring them bound to Jerusalem, Christ converted him in a miraculous event.
The believers were uneasy about accepting Saul into their midst. “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”
It soon became evident, however, that his zeal for Christ was even greater than his zeal against new believers had been. But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
Has our life changed since we became a Christian? Have we lost the zeal we once had as new believers in Christ? The Christian life should grow in much the same way as our physical lives grow. New believers have a great zeal for the Lord. As they mature in the Lord, rather than having spurts of zeal, their entire life becomes immersed in the Lord, i.e. in their love for Him and service to Him.
Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ? Does your life show it?
Ponder that as you go about the duties of this day.
God Bless You,