Acts 26-28

Then I asked, "Who are you, Lord?"

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting", the Lord replied.                          Acts 26:15, NIV 

Saul of Tarsus (soon to be the apostle Paul) was on his way to Damascus. He had letters from the Jewish leaders which would allow him to have Jews who had become followers of Christ to be imprisoned. If all went as planned, Saul would also have them executed.

It is interesting to note that Jesus took this persecution of His followers as a personal persecution. He told Saul exactly that. And Saul, having seen irrefutable evidence that Jesus really was from God, repented. Despite being persecuted himself for the remainder of his life, Saul became a faithful follower of Jesus Christ at that very hour.

I wonder how Jesus views us, at times. There are certainly moments when we are living for the world, instead of for Him. We might be partying, or looking at things online that we know we shouldn't, or getting involved in conduct unbefitting a Christian. On such occasions, I wonder if Jesus could say to us, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting."

If you find yourself in such a situation, then why not do what Saul did. First, he stopped persecuting Jesus and His followers. Second, he became a devoted follower of Jesus for the rest of his life.

If you have been getting off track of late, maybe it would be good to ask the question, "Who are you, Lord?"

The Bible has the answer!

 

"Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of Me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they might receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me."  Acts 26:16-18, NIV