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)
Saul; a man in turmoil : Paul; a changed man; in Paul we see the central facts of the Christian experience; the arguments of the world; Christianity changes us; the fact of Jesus a reality; 'I am Jesus' : the significance of this statement explained.