“Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this Name in Jerusalem, and has he come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
God saves. Period. Amazingly God in His grace reaches out to even the most hardened criminals…. Even the likes of Saul. Paul, formerly known as Saul, was the leader of the persecution movement towards all who called upon the Name of Jesus. He was equipped and ready to arrest and imprison all those who followed ‘The Way’. Yet Jesus had other plans for His life and amazingly reached out to him on the road to Damascus.
Ananias, commissioned to baptise and restore Saul, was understandably filled with fear when Jesus told him to meet Saul; After all, Saul was a hater of Christians and an enemy of Jesus. How would you feel if Jesus told you to confront a hardened criminal and tell them Jesus has a plan for their life? However, Ananias was obedient to Jesus, baptising and commissioning Paul to preach the Gospel to Jews and Gentiles alike. Even Saul could not escape the grace and love of Jesus Christ.
Astoundingly, immediately after Paul was saved, he went out to the synagogues, preaching the Good News that Jesus was the Christ and even confounding his own people. Here was Paul, a hater of Christians now preaching God’s grace and love and proving that Jesus really was the Christ. That is the power of God’s grace!
God’s grace is not limited to our human understanding. The story of Paul’s conversion proves this and highlights that Jesus’ love is not limited to people who deserve it. Moreover, His love and grace is so powerful to not only save but to change a persons attitude, life and purpose. Let us be obedient to Christ when He calls us to share His Good News with others, even if they are hardened criminals….!