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10/13 Acts 9-11

The story of Saul is a familiar story especially in light of the many changed lives today.  We see individuals heading down a destructive road and when they encounter Jesus along the way, they in turn do a 180.  Much as Paul did when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus.  Paul was set on destroying the Christian church and was on his way when he ran smack dab into Jesus.

3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

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

7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

Paul’s encounter with Jesus had a physical side effect, blindness.  While in today’s cases we don’t see that type of side effect.  I think that Jesus really wanted to get Saul’s attention.  Which it appears he exactly did.  Jesus had a special job for Saul and he was going to make sure Saul understood what was involved.

15But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.  Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

Northside believes that when an individual gives their life to Jesus, they are then baptized.  This is what Paul did in verse 18.  As a result of Paul’s decision to obey and follow Jesus, he immediately began serving God by preaching about His Son.

October 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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