Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” // Acts 9:1-4
While we are on our way to miss the mark, Jesus is still loving us and trying to get our attention. His love was so great for Saul, and Jesus is so humble, that His first words were words of identity, “Saul, Saul...” and a question.
Yes, even when Paul hated Jesus, Jesus loved Paul. I personally find hope in this conversion, for it reminds me so much of my own salvation. In no way shape or form was I looking for Jesus, yet He divinely interrupted me with His grace. And if He loved me enough to meet when I was running away from Him, He’ll continue to meet me every step of the journey. Amazing Grace!
t’s pretty confronting and staggering that while Saul was breathing threats and murder against disciples of the Lord, Jesus still encountered Saul.