“I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?’ ‘Who are You, Lord?’ I asked. ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ He replied.”
The speaker in the above verse is Saul of Tarsus, who later changed his name to Paul, and is the author of the majority of the New Testament.
Paul started out as one of Christianity’s fiercest and most zealous enemies. But in a supernatural encounter with Jesus, he was converted and became Christianity’s leading messenger, taking the message of Christ and salvation to the Gentiles.
The conversion that changed Christianity
On the road to Damascus, Saul and his companions were struck by an overwhelmingly bright light. Saul heard the voice of Jesus as described above the Bible verse above. The unbearable luminance left Saul blinded. His companions led him into Damascus, and for three days he couldn’t see, didn’t eat or drink.
Jesus appeared to another disciple in Damascus named Ananias and instructed him to go to Saul. Ananias went to Saul and said “Brother Saul, receive your sight” and went on to tell him what Jesus had instructed him to say (Acts 22:12-16).
Saul was converted, changed his name to Paul and began his mission of advancing Christ’s gospel among the Gentiles.
Paul: The most prolific messenger of Christ
Modern scholars believe that the apostle Paul wrote at least 8 Gospels, although 13 books of the bible in the New Testament are traditionally ascribed to his authorship.
The lesson we can learn from Paul’s conversion is that Christ can reach and turnaround any heart – even those seemingly vehemently against religion. Christ can be our guiding light to anything we may want to accomplish.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
– Philippians 4:13