Saul stood by when they killed Stephen. Saul, breathing threats and murder against the Lord’s disciples, was out to hunt them down. On the way, a brilliant light knocked him off his horse and blinded him. The ground-breaking conversation ensued:
The Voice said ” Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
Saul asked, “Who are You, Lord?”
The Voice answered “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
When Ananias laid hands on Saul and said “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit..” Saul got his sight back, got baptized and didn’t waste time – he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
The dismay and astonishment at this transformation – can you imagine? Saul confounded his former mentors and peers and went about proving that Jesus is the Christ.
What happened to Saul can happen to you. Are you on an agenda to mock Jesus? Disprove Jesus and His gospel? Place Jesus among “ascended masters”? Watch out – God can easily knock you down from your high horse and use you for the glory of God’s Kingdom.
If what happened to Saul happens to you, don’t worry – it is not such a bad thing. The smart thing to do would be to turn to Christ before you are pushed off the horse!