A Damascus experience

Inspirational Insights with Pastor Theo Snyman

SAUL of Tarsus had a life-changing experience on the way to Damascus.

Zeal for his religion motivated him to persecute those who were followers of “the Way.” Breathing out murderous threats, and carrying letters from the high priest, he set out to imprison anyone confessing to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:3, 4). It was the Lord Jesus Himself!

This experience was so radical that Saul of Tarsus became Paul the Apostle to the gentiles. His life was so transformed that he who persecuted the church began to preach salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Saul of Tarsus was by no means an unbeliever. On the contrary, he lived an ascetic life as a Pharisee. Looking back after his life-changing encounter on the road to Damascus, he considered his religious practices as “rubbish” (Philippians 3:8). Any religion without a personal experience with the Lord Jesus Christ is meaningless.

He was blinded for three days, wondering in confusion as to what is truth. How is one to know what is true when considering the religions of the world? Anyone who genuinely seeks for truth will find Jesus, for He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

The Lord says: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Why is searching for the truth so important? It is because the truth will set us free (John 8:32).

Christianity is not merely a religion, but a relationship with the Saviour.

Quotations from New International Version


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