9 Meanwhile, Saul continued to oppose the Lord’s followers. He said they would be put to death. He went to the high priest. 2 He asked the priest for letters to the synagogues in Damascus. He wanted to find men and women who belonged to the Way of Jesus. The letters would allow him to take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 On his journey, Saul approached Damascus. Suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground. He heard a voice speak to him. “Saul! Saul!” the voice said. “Why are you opposing me?” 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus,” he replied. “I am the one you are opposing. 6 Now get up and go into the city. There you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men traveling with Saul stood there. They weren’t able to speak. They had heard the sound. But they didn’t see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground. He opened his eyes, but he couldn’t see. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind. He didn’t eat or drink anything.
Reading verse 7, “The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone”, made me wonder – what happened to these men? They could see that something really unusual had happened to Saul on the way to Damascus – did they become followers of Jesus because of it? Or because they saw the changes in Saul?
Verse 7 reminds me that we all have our own revelation of Jesus. We all have our own experience of Him and He can mean something slightly different to each of us. Whilst all of us who are followers of Jesus see Him as Saviour, some people also have a profound revelation of Jesus as Provider, some see Him as Healer, and others see Him as Comforter. And no-one’s revelation of Christ is better or worse – just different. But God also takes us through situations so that we have the opportunity to receive new revelation of Jesus’ character. How awesome to be continually growing in our knowledge and love of God!
Lord, I pray that I am always open to receiving new revelation of you, even if that means going through some things that maybe are not in my plan or on my agenda!
Written by Ps. Jen Irving