Discuss Saul's experience on his way to Damascus

Saul, a persecutor of the
Church asked the high Priest for letters of introduction to the synagogues at
Damascus, so that if he found any one belonging to the way, he could arrest and
bring him to Jerusalem.
As he approached Damascus, he saw a great light, fell to the
ground and heard a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute,
me?” “Who are you Lord”,
Saul asked and the voice replied, 7
am Jesus whom you are persecuting.” Immediately, he became blind
and was led to Damascus, where he remained without food for three days.
In Damascus, there was a disciple called Ananias who was sent by
God to the house of Judas in Straight street to enquire of Saul of Tarsus. The
Lord said that Saul was praying and in a vision, he had seen Ananias laying his
hands on him, so that he might receive his sight. But Ananias protested saying
that he had heard from many about “…..this man, how much evil he had
done to the saints at Jerusalem, and how he got authority from the chief
priests to bind all who called upon thy name.
“But, the Lord described
Saul as a chosen instrument to carry the name of Jesus to the Gentiles and
Kings and the Sons of Isreal.
Ananias obeyed the Lord and came to Saul and, addressing him as
“brother Saul”, he told him that the Lord Jesus who appeared to him
on the road had sent him that Saul might regain his sight and be filled with
the Holy Spirit. Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes and
he regained his sight. Saul then arose and was baptized, and he ate some food
and became strong, 

The significance of Saul’s experience or
encounter with Christ to his future life are: 

  • Saul was transformed,
    from being a persecutor of the Christians to a defender of Christianity, 
  • It also changed him from his former devotion to the law to a complete
    devotion to Jesus Christ, 
  • Saul became an apostle to the Gentiles
    and from then on, the early church enjoyed peace, 
  • Saul became a
    sufferer for the early church as the Lord had predicted.

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