Who was Saul attacking?

September 8th, 2012

I was reading Acts chapter 9 this morning. This talks about the Apostle Paul’s conversion. The thing I found interesting is Paul’s question to Jesus and His response.

Here is a snippet…

3?As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4?He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
5?“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6?Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7?The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! 8?Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. 9?He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.

As we can see Paul was blinded and a loud voice spoke. Immediately Saul knew that he had had an encounter with God from his response. “Who are you, lord?”

Jesus’ response grabbed my attention today. Jesus said that Saul was persecuting Him when he was attacking the Christians of the region. He was not attacking the “people of the Way”, but Jesus Himself.

Saul thought he was pursuing heretics, but he was persecuting Jesus himself. Anyone who persecutes believers today is also guilty of persecuting Jesus (see Matthew 25:40, 45) because believers are the body of Christ on earth.

As Christians we need to remember that if we are facing persecution because of our faith it is ultimately Jesus whom people are attacking. And in the Bible Jesus promises never to leave us and to never forsake us. He is always with us until the end of this age.

God Bless,
Dave