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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Acts 9

Damascus Road

Summary:
Saul was going to Damascus to kick some Christian arse, but on the way Jesus turned up and blinded him and told him to stop persecuting. In Damascus, Ananias came to him and told him about Jesus, having been informed by Jesus of what was happening. Ananias healed Saul.

Saul preached about Jesus in Damascus until he had to flee, because he was being persecuted. He was tentatively accepted by the Apostles in Jerusalem, but then he had to flee to Tarsus. After that is was somewhat peaceful for the Church.

Peter went travelling and healed a long-term paralytic, and brought a believer back to life. Many people came to believe.

Key verse:
5. "Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied.

My thoughts:
It's amazing how irrelevant theology becomes when Jesus himself turns up. Jesus doesn't explain how he is the Son of God, or how Saul was wrong. He just tells Saul what to do. It's assumed that Saul will completely change his mind by simply seeing Jesus.

Sometimes God will convert people by Damascus road type events, but normally it is much more natural. They are all legitimate ways of coming to Jesus.

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