Acts 9:4-6—And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
This man, Saul, was one of the up and coming leaders of the Jewish people. He could see that this new belief in Jesus as Messiah was drawing many people away from the religion he so cherished. Determined to stop this threat, he obtained letters from the religious leaders authorizing him to hunt down Christians and throw them in jail. Since most of them had left Jerusalem, he decided to follow them to Damascus. On the road to Damascus, a bright light blinded him. He fell from his horse to the ground and heard the above passage. “Why do you persecute me?” The Lord knows the answer to His own question. It was for Saul’s sake the question was asked. It was one that would take time to truly answer in his heart. Why do we fight for religion, when faith is a relationship with the living God? Perhaps Saul was unsettled by the words he had heard at the stoning of Stephen. Sometimes the more convicted we become, the harder we resist God. In this case, the manifestation of Jesus that he was persecuting was the body of Christ, His believers. Jesus had ascended, but He said that Saul was persecuting Him. Christian Brother and Sister, the Lord identifies Himself with you, just as you should identify yourself with Him. Every disciple that is struck in the face is a strike on the face of Christ, filling up His sufferings. Why do the heathen rage? “Who are You, Lord?” I think Paul knew, but he had to hear the name of Jesus from Jesus’ own lips. Now his mind can no longer make excuses to resist the words He had heard. Jesus ordered him to Damascus for instructions. After all, Paul referred to Him as “Lord”. Now that Paul had quit resisting, he would begin serving. You have heard. Is your mind still resisting, or are you ready to serve? Consider: Are you willing to call Him Lord, and receive His instructions?