On the road to Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly shone around Saul (252). He fell to the ground, and heard a brilliant voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” Saul responded, “Who are you?” The voice said, “I am Jesus. Why are you resisting me?”
Saul trembled with astonishment and, in that instant, he surrendered control of his life saying, “Master, what do you want me to do?” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up & go into Damascus, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men who were travelling with Saul stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. When Saul got up & opened his eyes, he couldn’t see at all! So his companions led him by the hand into Damascus. Saul waited there for 3 days – without any sight & without taking any food or water.
There was in Damascus another man named Ananias who was a student of Jesus. In a vision, God said to him, “Get up & go to the street called ‘Straight.’ Inquire at the house of Judas for Saul of Tarsus; you will find him praying. In a vision he has seen you laying your hands on him to restore his sight.”
Ananias objected, “Master, I have heard how this man has persecuted believers in Jerusalem. And now he has authority to persecute believers here in Damascus as well.” But God answered Ananias, “I have chosen Saul to testify of me before Gentiles, Jews & kings. Now I will show him how much he must suffer in doing what I have chosen him to do.”
So Ananias found Saul & laid his hands on him & said, “Jesus –who appeared to you on the road to Damascus –has sent me, so you may have your sight restored & be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately, as though scales were falling from his eyes, Saul was able to see! And immediately, Saul got up & was baptized. When he had eaten some food, he was strengthened. Saul then spent a number of days with the students of Jesus at Damascus.
(252) Acts 9:3-19