As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?”
“Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:3-6
I find it interesting that Jesus in his conversation with Saul on the road to Damascus says, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
Why would the Lord say such a thing? Jesus was gone by this time. He’d left this world prior to Saul’s blinding. He’d gone to prepare a place for his church. How could Saul possibly be persecuting Christ, when He was no longer available for Saul to beat?
Here is a truth that only the church understands: When we are in Jesus, He is in us.
Because we are Christ’s brothers and sisters, bought at a price and paid for with his blood, indwelt by His Holy Spirit and at work in the world at his behest, Jesus takes personally any harm done to us.
From His perspective and in every way, Saul’s actions against the church were personal assaults on Jesus and worthy of offense. Not only did they cause offense, they also created an opportunity for Christ to use his divine powers to act in miraculous ways.
He did so on our behalf.
Our world is changing rapidly and because it is, we must change, too.
What we won’t do, can never do, must never change or falter in is our devotion to Jesus and our firm belief that he identifies with us.
We are His church, His Bride, His redeemed, His own.
If you are Christian, I hope you understand the special place you hold in Jesus’ heart today.
He loves You! He cares about You. He will defend You!
The Lord of glory loves You!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!