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Verses 4-6: “Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” ”

I enjoyed the movie, The Polar Express; my family actually got to see it on the local IMAX movie screen in a theater before I saw it on DVD…but I was still entranced. One scene I vividly recall is when the kids are at the North Pole, and Santa is about to make his grand entrance into the thronging crowd. The main character, a boy who was doubting, still couldn’t see Santa, or even hear a sleigh bell that had popped off a reindeer harness and landed at his feet. It was only when he made up him mind to believe, to truly believe, that he heard the bell! And then…on top of that joyous moment…he looks in the reflection of the bell and sees Santa standing behind him looking into the bell too! Santa was right there behind him!

Saul’s moment didn’t see joyous to him in the above verses; no, it was probably rather terrifying, to say the least! I cannot begin to imagine what went through his fanatical mind when he was confronted by the blinding, holy presence of Jesus! What’s more, Jesus made reference to the fact that “I’ve got plans for you” when He told him to go into the city. It is probably very well that the Lord didn’t tell him everything at one time; Saul was already overwhelmed by the presence of the very Messiah whose followers he was trying to stamp out! Get ready for the story of the beginning of Christianity’s greatest missionary. Human beings couldn’t make up a script to match the incredible story of Saul…soon to be Paul!

Something to think about.

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