Words of Wisdom
FROM BLINDNESS TO SIGHTEDNESS
Paul is speaking to a hostile crowd who, because of the language he uses to address them, remain quiet and listen to him. Among other things, Paul uses the occasion to tell of Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life. He tells them of his own zealousness against the followers of Jesus. His successes in Jerusalem are highlighted and so serious is he, that he goes to Damascus to carry out this same mission of persecuting the followers of Jesus. It is on this road that he meets the Risen Lord. Listen once more to the words of Paul.
" About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ' Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?' "
Here are some facts about this light that Paul, then called Saul, sees. What does he tell us about it?
It is a Brilliant Light: Paul speaks of the time of day as being midday, the time when the light of the sun is brightest. But so bright is the heavenly light, it outshines the sun's light.
We must never be deceived by the ways Jesus, the Light, chooses to operate. He wants Saul as His disciple. Jesus wants Saul on His team and with patience, He waits and chooses Saul at His designated time. Jesus, the Light of the world, is free to use His light as He wishes, for the good of those He chooses. Paul speaks of His sudden blindness and he also speaks of his sudden sightedness when Ananias, a disciple of Jesus, visits him. Of Ananias Paul says,
" He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' At that very moment I was able to see him." ( (verse 13 )