As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
— Acts 9:3
Jesus is in the business of changing lives, especially the really bad ones. The “baddest” person in the Bible was Saul (or Paul.) He was a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia. He was a zealot for God. He persecuted anyone who called himself a follower of Christ. He arrested men and women and threw them into prison, and he traveled to arrest more so they, too, could be punished and murdered (see Acts 22:3-5). Saul gave approval for the death of the first martyr, Stephen (see Acts 8:1).
While Saul was still “breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples,” he encountered a light from heaven (Acts 9:1). He fell to the ground, blinded, as Jesus spoke to him for the first time. Not only did Jesus change his na ...
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