As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
An old Latin song says: “Life gives you surprises; surprises give you life, oh God.” [Pedro Navaja-Ruben Blades (1978)]. This song tells the story of a corner thug nicknamed Pedro Navaja, who received this nickname due to his habit of stabbing victims who he stole. That bully received tremendous surprise one day when he wanted to rob a street prostitute and she shot him fatally wounding him. It happens that sometimes we are on our way with our own agenda; but God changes us throughout the program, as did to Saul of Tarsus.
Saul of Tarsus, who later became the apostle Paul went to Damascus with the intention to continue his work to harass Christians; but like Pedro Navaja, “life gave him surprise; surprises gave him life, oh God.” Fortunately for him and for us, the surprise of Saul of Tarsus did not end like the surprise of the “bully corner” because he did not have a physical death, but died to his old nature.
Saul of Tarsus after this surprise on the way, had a “close encounter of the third kind” with Jesus Christ similar to that of the famous sci-fi film of the seventies, he was turned into Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. The love of Jesus Christ transformed this man being a persecutor of Christians to being persecuted for his faith, which he defended bravely in all the places where he was.
Perhaps you have been as Saul of Tarsus and you’ve resisted believing in the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth. I want to tell you that Jesus has good news, as happened to Saul: Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (Acts 9:4). Christ loves you and that means that He wants to tell you as He told Saul: 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.” (Acts 9:5).
Surrender to Him, who will transform you as his word says in Ezekiel 36:26: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. As He did with me and I also want to do it with you. Do not fear the light from heaven, it may leave you temporarily blind; but your eyes will open again wide and then you will see the light of a new day and you’ll become a new creature as 2 Corinthians 5:7 says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Today is the day the Lord has prepared for your redemption. No matter who you meet just reading or listening to this message. You do not need witnesses to get right with God. He wants to establish a personal relationship with you, in which He is your father and you are His son or daughter. In your hands is the decision. God bless you.