1掃羅仍然向主的門徒口吐威嚇兇殺的話，去見大祭司， 2 求文書給大馬士革的各會堂，若是找著信奉這道的人，無論男女，都准他捆綁帶到耶路撒冷。 3 掃羅行路，將到大馬士革，忽然從天上發光，四面照著他； 4 他就仆倒在地，聽見有聲音對他說：掃羅！掃羅！你為甚麼逼迫我？
5 他說：主啊！你是誰？主說：我就是你所逼迫的耶穌。 6 起來！進城去，你所當做的事，必有人告訴你。
7 同行的人站在那裡，說不出話來，聽見聲音，卻看不見人。 8 掃羅從地上起來，睜開眼睛，竟不能看見甚麼。有人拉他的手，領他進了大馬士革； 9 三日不能看見，也不吃也不喝。
1Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” 5“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
- This is the beginning of Saul’s new life in Christ. The focus of this marvelous experience is Jesus Christ. Saul not only saw a vision, he personally met the risen Christ (vv4-5). He recognized that Jesus was the Son of God and changed the direction of his life. True repentance came through a personal encounter with Jesus, when a relationship with Jesus was established and new life began.
- Recall my encounter with Jesus: how I acknowledged Jesus as my Lord, repent my sin, gave my life to Jesus, determined to live an obedient life, established a personal relationship with Jesus and began a new life.
- Thank God for my conversion experience. And dedicate myself to God once again to live an obedient life for God.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.
Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)
What did Saul see? How will you feel if you were Saul? Who was talking to Saul? What did Saul do before Jesus talked to him? Do you think Saul changed after this? Why? Have you met God? Share.