Today’s Reading: Acts 9:1-25
Saul was caught by God for heading down the wrong road. Saul thought he was doing something great for God, but not only had he not been helping the God of Israel, but he had been persecuting His Messiah, Jesus.
It is interesting how Jesus phrases His words to Saul. He asked him, “Why are you persecuting Me?” This may sound kind of strange unless you look back to what Jesus said in Matthew 25:40: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Jesus linked the treatment of even the lowest of His brothers with personal treatment of Himself.
Do you remember when you were caught by God? He does it in a lot of different ways for different people. Saul saw the light and was convicted for fighting against Jesus and resisting His grace. The Bible tells us that we all have sinned and have fallen short of the standard that would enable us to live in God’s presence. If we as sinful people were to stand in the presence of a holy God, His glory would consume us. We would not be able to approach Him because the power of His holiness would destroy us.
Just as Saul was found guilty of the Lord’s death, there is a sense in which we all share in that guilt. It is our sin that put Him on a Roman cross. He would have gone to the cross even if you were the only one who needed His forgiveness. However, we all have sinned and we all need forgiveness. Most of us will never be blinded by a light from heaven and have a face-to-face encounter with Jesus in this lifetime like Paul did. However, if He has not already done so, Jesus wants to arrest you by His love. He wants to get a hold of your life and make something wonderful out of it.