And here he has authority from the chief priests to imprison all who call upon your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites, and I will show him what he will have to suffer for my name.” So Ananias went and entered the house; laying his hands on him, he said, “Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately things like scales fell from his eyes and he regained his sight. ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. Didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them to the chief priests?”. 19Then he ate and felt much better. Get all the latest content delivered to your inbox so you can be prepared for discussions with your kids based on Kids Corner content! fax: 708-371-1415 16I will show him how much he must suffer for worshiping in my name.”17Ananias left and went into the house where Saul was staying. In the end, he would be taken to Rome as a prisoner and be beheaded for his teachings. He even went to the high priest and asked for letters to their leaders in Damascus. 9 Saul kept on threatening to kill the LORD’S followers. “I am Jesus,” the LORD answered. It is very handy if you want to describe different religious experiences and how they might make you to start believing in a God. This man became God’s chosen instrument to spread the message of Jesus across the Middle East and parts of Europe. God chose Saul to be His instrument to share the Good News with the Gentiles. St Paul taught that old religious rites, such as circumcision were no longer necessary. A Miracle when Saul is cured of his blindness. You can see an example here: Along with your parents, learn more about the persecuted church. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” He said, “Who are you, sir?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. With his name changed to Paul, he preached across the Roman Empire, over 10,000 miles, and even appeared before Caesar. A Vision when Saul hears Jesus. One feast day that often slips by without notice is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. (Shutterstock) Share. I have chosen him to tell foreigners, kings, and the people of Israel about me. Though all of our conversions are equally powerful and individually special in the sight of God, one cannot help but recognize the great things we can learn from Paul's salvation. There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul. Meet Saul, a man that God changed into the greatest missionary in history. For several days Saul stayed with the LORD’S followers in Damascus. Certainly, our Lord works in mysterious ways. Ananias placed his hands on him and said, “Saul, the LORD Jesus has sent me. This miraculous event, which has been part of the Church calendar for more than 1,500 years, is an unmovable feast — that is, it is always on the same calendar date, Jan. 25. With faith and courage inflamed by the Holy Spirit, Paul would spend the rest of his life going from country to country and town to town proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah, organizing and encouraging Christians to be resolute followers of Jesus, and nonbelievers to open their hearts to Christ, repent and be baptized. From Rome, the gospel would be proclaimed throughout the world. He was a devout Jew who believed strongly in his faith and consequently persecuted the early Christians, participating even in the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:58 says that the men stoning Stephen laid their coats at his feet). Find your place in God's story. Saul spoke “murderous threats” (Acts 9:1) and made evil plans against the Lord’s disciples. Often in trouble, Paul was confronted, jailed (though angels rescued him), physically abused and repeatedly endangered and harassed for preaching the message he previously attacked. World Faiths is an educational site designed to encourage interactive learning about religion. Theme: Worshiping God- The Holy Spirit Builds the Early Church, “Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. St Paul explained that he was a servant of Jesus Christ and his unexpected conversion to ardent Christian was due to the Grace of God and not reason or intellect. While he had no Christian training, God infused words in his heart and in his mouth. 4. Who was sent by Jesus to talk to Saul? Most Christians know the story of what happened on the Damascus road: the bright light that knocked Saul down, the voice of Jesus, Saul’s blindness and immediate response to the calling of Christ. But these calendar circumstances in no way diminish the importance of Paul’s conversion, as he was among the greatest of the missionaries spreading the words of Jesus Christ. But Jesus picked and converted this Pharisee, known as Saul, saying, “This man is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before Gentiles, kings and Israelites” (Acts 9:15). He saw a man named Ananias coming to him and putting his hands on him, so that he could see again.” 13Ananias replied, “LORD, a lot of people have told me about the terrible things this man has done to your followers in Jerusalem. He then returned to Damascus and into the synagogue, where he attested to the divinity of Jesus. St. Paul's conversion began when, with a flash of light, he fell from his horse. There were certainly other devoted followers of Jesus available in those early days of the Church — followers ready to give their lives to proclaim Jesus Christ as savior of the world. God selected this man who had a strong hatred of all Jesus stands for, a man who went into the houses of Christians and “dragging out men and women,” then “handed them over for imprisonment” (Acts 8:3). (Some years, the feast day falls on a Sunday, and because only a Solemnity or a feast of Our Lord can trump the Sunday liturgy, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul is not always widely commemorated then.). Answer: The events that happened on the road to Damascus relate not only to the apostle Paul, whose dramatic conversion occurred there, but they also provide a clear picture of the conversion of all people. The story illustrates 3 different types of religious experience: St Paul became involved in doctrinal disputes amongst the early followers of Christ. Ananias answered, “LORD, here I am.”, 11The LORD said to him, “Get up and go to the house of Judas on Straight Street.