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Thought for the Day
Acts 9 v1-6
Meanwhile Saul, still breathing out threats to murder the Lord’s disciples, went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he was going along, approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” So he said, “Who are you, Lord?” He replied, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting! But stand up and enter the city and you will be told what you must do.”
Saul's experience here is unique in that it is Jesus Himself who addresses him, it is after His resurrection and ascension into heaven, and Saul is not yet a believer. No argument takes place and there is no struggle. At the presence of Christ Saul's immediate response is to fall on the ground, call Him Lord, and obey His command. Other bible versions say that Saul was "trembling and astonished". This encounter is proof that God's mercy is not earned, only received. Like Saul, we did and do nothing to deserve the grace and mercy of Jesus. We have but to receive it, and live for Christ! ... See MoreSee Less