Bahan Alkitab: Acts 9:1-31
Since the old time, human has always tried to search and imagine God, they created statues to pray to idols. God chosen people are small in numbers and they have been waiting for The Messiah.
After Jesus went up to heaven, disciples and early Christian called The Way, spread the Word of God and many people believe and get baptized.
Many Pharisee prosecute Christian because they feel threatened by the rapid growth of Christianity. Saul was one of them and he prosecute and killed many of them. During one of Saul trip to Damascus, Saul and his companions were struck down by a blinding light. Saul heard a voice say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” When Saul asked who was speaking, the voice replied: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Saul was blinded. His companions led him into Damascus and for three days Saul was blind and didn’t eat or drink.
Meanwhile, Jesus appeared in a vision to a disciple in Damascus named Ananias and told him to go to Saul. Ananias was afraid because he knew Saul’s reputation as a merciless persecutor of the church.
Jesus repeated his command, explaining that Saul was his chosen instrument to deliver the gospel to the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. So Ananias found Saul at Judas’ house, praying for help. Ananias laid his hands on Saul, telling him Jesus had sent him to restore his sight and that Saul will be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He arose and was baptized into the Christian faith. Saul ate, regained his strength, and stayed with the Damascus disciples three days and continue to spread that Jesus Christ is the Messiah.
And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”