A Fact of History
A Sermon on Acts 9:1-5
The Conversion of Saul
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. (ESV)
The circumstances of life can turn dire in a matter of moments. The fascade of life gets ripped away and in an instant the saving grace of God stands in clear contrast to the path that leads to destruction. Paul was on that path. As he traveld the road to Damascus, God broke through with a blinding light and dropped the persecutor Saul to his knees. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the inward change that happens when one gains a clear view of our Savior's face and hears the words of Jesus. The hatred, depravity, and desperation that once filled the heart is replaced by peace, contentment and faith. Outside circumstances cannot change the heart. That is where the gospel does its work. New life begins when the light of Christ tears away the autonomy of life and reveals our desperate dependency on the Savior. It is then that we know true victory over sin, death and the devil.