“Saul, however, was ravaging the church, and he would enter house after house, drag off men and women, and put them in prison.” (Acts 8:3)
Imagine you are in your home having dinner with your family. All of a sudden, police break down your door, storm your house, and surround your family. Then, the leader enters with anger etched on his face and tells them, “Take them away!” The police drag you forcibly from the comfort of your own home and unceremoniously throw you and your family into jail. The leader then says, “This is what you get for being a Christian. Don’t worry, though. You’ll be given an opportunity to deny your faith in Jesus later.”
That is the kind of scenario that family after family faced when Saul went on his rampage against the church in the first century. He was intent on destroying this “cult.” Only, it turned out NOT to be a cult. Saul learned that when he met the resurrected Jesus on the road just outside Damascus. He was going there to arrest Christians in the city when Jesus appeared to him. Saul’s house of cards then totally collapsed.
What we see in Saul’s life is the power of redemption at work. We see what can happen when someone meets Jesus and asks Him into their heart. We simply call it “change.”
Lord, You have brought change to our hearts also, and for that we are eternally grateful. We have experienced the power of Your redemption. Amen.