In Your Bible: Acts 9:20,21; Galatians 1:11-24
On the road to Damascus, Saul encountered the risen Christ Jesus. Saul of Tarsus, became Paul the apostle who immediately declared boldly that Jesus, whom he persecuted, was the Son of God. What a change believers saw in this Pharisee whom they feared. They were in awe of what God did in their midst. Yet, Paul knew he needed time alone with Jesus.
Saul Was Changed
Three days after Ananias prayed for him, Saul now Paul bore witness of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Synagogues of Damascus. His message this time was “Jesus is indeed the Son of God” (Acts 9:20 NLT). His preaching became more and more powerful. The Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah (Acts 9:22 NLT).
Alone with Jesus
Paul writes in his letter to the Galatians a part that is missing from the book of Acts. Paul went to Arabia (see Gal 1) to be alone with Jesus. Here he gained guidance and strength to preach boldly for Christ:
- Paul’s mind was opened by Jesus to better understand Scriptures he already knew.
- Jesus explained the parables to Paul – what he taught his disciples.
- Jesus explained himself to Paul in all the Scriptures, beginning with Moses, the Law, and the prophets—in greater detail than was done with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
- Jesus also described how to live in what we call the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Jesus explained what God wanted.
This time prepared Paul for a powerful and unique ministry to the
Gentiles. Yes, Paul knew needed time alone with Jesus.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the promise of directing my path in gentle manner by your Holy Spirit. I want to follow through with all you want me to do.
Questions: When was the last time Jesus spoke to you to correct your path? Was this gentle or abrupt?