One point that came to my attention from today’s verse, (Acts 22:8 – ‘”Who are you Lord?” I asked. “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.’) is that Jesus takes on Himself the persecution of His followers – how amazing is that?
Another point which Selwyn makes which builds upon yesterday’s study concerning the Lordship of Jesus, is: “The thing, so I believe, that had such a profund effect upon Saul of Tarsus (Paul) was not the blinding light but the illumination that came to his soul concerning Jesus of Nazareth; now he saw that he was none other than Lord of the universe. It was a shock to both his spiritual and physical systems.”
Saul, a man who knew a lot about God in terms of what was revealed in the Old Testament was ‘blind’ to the reality of Jesus (and ‘deaf’, as he most likely heard Stephen’s address to the Sanhedrin) – in a very real sense his old sight needed to be extinguished Â so that he could clearly see Jesus, as Saviour and Lord. It’s also important to note that Jesus choose Paul – Paul was not seeking a relationship with Jesus at that time – but was actively persecuting His followers – how great it is, that it’s not left to us alone to seek a relationship with God – else, who would be saved?