February 11, 2018
Acts 9:3-5… Now as Saul went on his way, he approached Damascus and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.”
Verses 7-9… The men who were travelling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
This is the account of Saul’s salvation. It is the only time recorded in scripture when Jesus, after His ascention, confronted someone and told him about Himself. We might think, “Well, that’s not fair; if I was converted like that I would be a different person.” Possibly… but not necessarily. Here is a question: “Have you been blinded by the light from heaven?” When you look directly into a light source, you will not see clearly for awhile. Jesus, the light of God from heaven, is so bright, we cannot see clearly after we meet Him. Too often, people try to apply His light to fixing the darkness of the world. Jesus does not fix the darkness; He dispels it. After his conversion, Saul remained blind for a time. God arranged for that to end. Considering the persecution and difficulties he would face, God knew he would need a dramatic moment to look back to. But, as a matter of fact, we all need that. We all need a moment when the light from heaven blinds us to what we can normally see and lets us see the Truth. Jesus said He came to rescue the lost. We prefer to think of ourselves as wandering but not lost. We were lost. Sorry, men, I know you don’t like to admit that, but it is true. Without the light, we were wandering in the darkness. The light of God showed us the way to where we needed to go. God’s light shows us the way out of the darkness in which we are trapped. The light of Truth should make us blind to all other ways out. Consider truth in that way: it lights the Path of God and blinds us to all other paths. Many philosophies have claimed to know the way out of the dilemma of life lived in darkness. They all end in more darkness. Jesus, the way and the Truth, is the only light that dispels all darkness.