Lord Jesus Appears to Saul (Paul) on the Road to Damascus – Acts 9
There was a man named Saul who threatened and killed many followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. He went to the high priest and asked for letters to take to Damascus, to the synagogues there, that if any followers of Jesus were found, either men or women, they would be tied up and brought to Jerusalem.
As Saul journeyed to Damascus, suddenly a light shone around him, a light from heaven. He fell to the earth, and a voice said to him “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul said “Who are you Lord?” The Lord answered him “I am Jesus who you persecute. It is hard for you to fight against me.” Saul trembled with shock and said “Lord, what would you have me do?” And the Lord Jesus said to him “Get up, and go into the city, and it will be told to you what you should do.”
The men which were traveling with Saul stood speechless because they heard a voice, but they did not see a man.
Saul got up and when he opened his eyes he couldn’t see anything, and so the people who were with him took him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was there for three days, not able to see, and he had neither food nor anything to drink.
There was a man named Ananias and the Lord appeared to him in a vision and told him to go to Saul. Saul had seen in a vision that a man named Ananias was going to come to him and put his hand on him and that he would be able to see again. Ananias had heard about Saul, and how he persecuted the saints in Jerusalem, and he had heard that Saul had authority in Damascus to bind up all that called upon the name of Jesus. But the Lord told him that Saul was Jesus’ chosen vessel to carry Jesus’ name to the Gentiles, and that he would suffer many things for Jesus’ sake.
And so Ananias obeyed the Lord Jesus and went to the house where Saul was, and put his hands on him and said “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus that appeared to you when you were coming has sent me, that you might receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Immediately Saul received his sight and he arose, and was baptised. And after he ate some meat, he was stronger. He stayed with the disciples in Damascus for a few days and right away he preached Christ in the synagogues, that Jesus is the Son of God.
Acts 9:4 “and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
1. Why was Saul going to Damascus? Answer: To give letters from the priests giving him authority to take people who believed in Jesus back to Jerusalem.
2. How did Jesus appear to Saul? Answer: As a light from heaven shining all around him.
3. What was wrong with Saul after he saw Jesus? Answer: His eyes were blinded
4. Who did the Lord Jesus send to Saul? Answer: A man called Ananias who was Jesus’ disciple
5. What did Ananias do when he went to see Saul? Answer: He laid his hands upon him and Saul could see again and was filled with the Holy Ghost.