The Lord Has Sent Me So That You May See Again
When Saul nears Damascus on his journey in order to take Christians as prisoners, suddenly a light from heaven flashes around him and he hears Jesus’ voice. By this, he goes blind and does not eat or drink anything for three days in Damascus.
Then Jesus calls a disciple named Ananias in Damascus in a vision:
“Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
“I’ve heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.”
Yet, Jesus’ will is consistent:
“Go! This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel.”
Then Ananias goes over to the house and places his hands on Saul.
“Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately, something like scales falls from Saul’s eyes, and he sees again. He gets up and gets baptized, being reborn as the new self.
Paul is referred to as the Apostle of Apostles. Before converting to Christianity, he was fervently advancing in Judaism under the name Saul and was notorious for being murderous and threatening against Christians. However, God chose Saul as His instrument and sent Ananias so that he might see again.
In the world, there are people who are earnestly praying, wanting to meet the true God. God sends us to them, opens their spiritual eyes, and imparts His holy name to the entire world through them. At the end of our steps in proclaiming the gospel of the new covenant according to God’s will, God’s servants in the age of the Holy Spirit, who are reserved like the Apostle Paul, are waiting.