“Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.” vs. 3
Saul was on a mission. He was so full of contempt for the little band of disciples known as the Way that he volunteered to hunt them down. As he headed for Damascus he was likely itching to confront and capture them. Ironically, as he was on the way to catch members of the Way, he was confronted by a flash of light and the direction of his life was changed. It was an amazing transformation. Not that it was instantaneous. At first he was confused and helpless. He had no idea what was happening; all he knew was that everything he had put his confidence in was being called into question. He’d been the smartest man in the city, skilled in the study of the law, and his pedigree was beyond reproach. He was from the tribe that had spawned the first king of Israel–and his zeal was off the charts! And now? Well, it was like Good Friday for Saul; he faced the death of all that he’d held dear. Soon there would be an Easter for him; transfigured and resurrected he would join the Way as the servant of the one whom he had persecuted. Like Martin Luther, centuries later, also struck down by a flash of light, he would discover the gospel of grace and change the trajectory of history.
Thought for the Day: How did Saul change the history of Christianity?