Acts 9-16

"And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'

And he said, 'Who are you, Lord?'

And He said, 'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting;'"

Acts 9:4-6, RSV

 

One of the most powerful proofs of Christianity is the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Saul was a pharisee who was advancing rapidly in the power structure of the Jewish hierarchy. He was so convinced that Jesus was not the Son of God that he traveled about trying to get Christians to deny Christ or face prison or death.

 

In other words, Paul was absolutely sold on the idea that Jesus was a fraud. Then, suddenly, he did a 180 degree turnabout and started following Christ. Think about that for a moment: Converting to Christianity cost Paul his position, it cost him his wealth, it cost him his power. It also resulted in his being persecuted, beaten, imprisoned, and eventually his very life.

 

In other words, Saul of Tarsus had everything to gain by remaining a follower of the Law of Moses, and everything to lose by becoming a follower of Christ. This type of a commitment requires an absolute belief in one's cause, and Saul, who was to become known as the Apostle Paul, did have that absolute belief. Why? It was because he came face to face with the Jesus Whom he thought was a fraud and a blasphemer, and saw irrefutable evidence that Jesus of Nazareth truly was the Son of God.

 

So he gave his life to Christ. He who once denied Jesus and who persecuted Christians to their death was allowed to repent, to have his sins washed away, and to become a follower of Jesus, proving for all time that it is never to late to change and give your life to Christ.

 

Will you?

 

 "The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life."

the words of Paul, as recorded in I Timothy 1:15-16, RSV

 

Today is day 14 of the Thirty Day Bible Challenge, and the readings are the 9th through the 16th chapters of Acts