People often doubt that Jesus is God. Even John the Baptist had his doubts. But Paul never doubted this fact. I believe it was because he met Jesus unexpectedly and dramatically on the way to Damascus. He intended to arrest Christians and destroy Christianity. What he actually experienced was something quite different. Jesus interrupted his mission, when at noon, a light brighter than the sun, shone around him and those with him. Immediately, they fell to the ground. Has Jesus ever shined a spotlight on you?
Even though all the men were affected, Jesus singled out Saul. Apparently, only Saul could understand the Hebrew that Jesus was speaking. Jesus did not introduce Himself, except for shining the light. He asked Saul a direct question. “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Saul did not answer the question but he did ask one of his own. “Who are You, Lord?” Saul acknowledged that it was the Lord, but not the god he served. Have you ever had thoughts about God that were inaccurate?
Then Jesus formally introduced Himself. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…” Saul officially met the Lord who he was persecuting. Notice how Jesus identified Himself with the persecution of His Church. Saul began to tremble in astonishment and humbly asked, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” We should all be asking this of the Lord. Before I forget, Saul wasn’t the only one having a supernatural experience. The men with Saul were speechless, hearing a voice but not seeing a person. Can you imagine how this encounter spread through the grapevine? Now, I want to quickly finish my thoughts about Saul’s encounter and announce the promises that come along with knowing and loving the Lord. Saul went to Damascus as a physically seeing and religiously blind and angry man. Saul arrived in Damascus as a physically blind man who was spiritually enlightened, humbled and at peace with the Lord.
Soon thereafter, a man named Ananias (fearful of Saul) visited Saul, laid hands on him to heal him and be filled with the Holy Spirit. God has so many wonderful surprises for us if we are willing to be obedient. Saul, who become known as Paul went on to start many New Testament churches and write most of the New Testament. It was in the First Letter to the Corinthians that we see Paul declare that Jesus is Lord, “…which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” (1Cor 2:8) Yes, the Bible is very clear about the deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus was crucified, and He is Lord.
Paul quoted Isa 64:4 and 65:17 just after he wrote this verse. The promise is that God will reveal spiritual wisdom and knowledge that far surpasses human sight, hearing, and thoughts. He reveals this truth by the Holy Spirit to those who love God in Jesus Christ. “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1Cor 2:9) I used to believe that this was knowledge about our future in heaven, but in this context, it is given to us now in this life on earth. God has prepared great things for you.
Paul went on to write, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1Cor 2:12) We have already been given these things from God by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the embodiment of the wisdom of God. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God…” (1Cor 1:30)
Let us take a moment to reflect on Jesus, who is the crucified Lord of glory. God wants to give us so many spiritual blessings that can only be known in the Spirit. As we deepen our love for the Lord, we will grow in spiritual wisdom and knowledge, which surpass human experience. This, I believe is the abundant life that Jesus promised to us in John 10:10. As we are living in spiritual abundance, we have another grandiose promise in Eph 3:20. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” Whatever you think or ask is too small for what God will do.
The power that works in us should find its expression in our love to God and our service for God, by loving others and doing good works. The Lord of glory has so many blessings to give to you. Receive it with joy!