Monday, April 16, 2012

Jesus takes it personally

Red-Letter Monday
"Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" (Acts 9:4)

In Jerusalem, one stubborn disciple of Jesus - Stephen - became an example, a warning to others: this movement would be put down quickly, and with severity. Stephen was bludgeoned to death with stones; disciples scattered.

They would not get away that easy. As far as Saul was concerned, these disciples of Jesus would not spread their disease. 

Stephen's blood fresh on his coat, with tunnel vision, Saul secured the necessary paperwork, and gave pursuit.
It took an act of God to stop him. 

Each time Paul re-tells the story of being struck blind on the road to Damascus, he remembers these words first: "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

Saul had not been working for God, but against Him. He was not crushing an irreligious movement, but the Lord Himself. It was a stunning revelation - one that apparently haunted him the rest of his life (cf. 1 Tim. 2:15).

What affects the church, affects the Lord. You make the applications. 

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