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The Defeat of Saul of Taurus

John teaches from Acts chapter 9 and sheds some light on Saul's encounter with Christ on the raod to Damascus.  Text: Acts 9:1-20 But Saul,  still  breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to  the high priest   and asked him for letters  to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to  the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.  And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him,  “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting  me?”   And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said,  “I am Jesus,  whom you are persecuting.   But  rise and enter the city, and you will be told  what you are to do.”   The men who were traveling with him stood speechless,  hearing the voice but seeing no one.   Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened,  he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.   And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a disciple at Damascus named  Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision,  “Ananias.”  And he said,  “Here I am, Lord.”   And the Lord said to him,  “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man  of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying,  and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and  lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”   But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man,  how much evil he has done to  your  saints at Jerusalem.   And here he has authority from  the chief priests to bind all who  call on your name.”   But the Lord said to him,  “Go, for  he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name  before the Gentiles and  kings and the children of Israel.   For  I will show him how much  he must suffer  for the sake of my name.”   So  Ananias departed and entered the house. And  laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and  be filled with the Holy Spirit.”   And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and  he regained his sight. Then  he rose and was baptized;   and  taking food, he was strengthened.  For  some days he was with the disciples at Damascus.   And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying,  “He is the Son of God.” This sermon is part 12 of the Encountering Jesus series from  Grace Church of Dunedin Reach out to us with questions or comments: Email ► Twitter ► Facebook ► Website ► Listen and subscribe: