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Saul on the road to Damascus

Jesus speaks to Saul as he travels to Damascus.
Contributed by Sue Bentley
Story also available on our translated websites: Portuguese, Hindi
Saul was a Jewish Pharisee and he went around arresting people who believed in Jesus. He thought these new Christians were wrong and he was making God happy by stopping them speak about Jesus. One day he went to the High Priest in the temple and asked for a list of names of those who believed in Jesus. He was going to bring them to Jerusalem and put them in prison. – Slide 1
Some of those who believed Jesus as their Saviour were living in a city called Damascus. So Saul travelled there to arrest them. – Slide 2
Saul and his men had almost reached the city, when suddenly a bright light from heaven shone on them. It was so bright Saul fell down onto the ground. – Slide 3
He heard a voice saying, ‘Saul, Saul why are you hurting me?’ Saul asked who was speaking to him. ‘I am Jesus,’ came the reply.<br/>‘What do you want me to do Lord?’ answered Saul. <br/>‘Get up, go into the city and you will be told what to do.’ Saul obeyed. The men with him heard the voice but saw no one. – Slide 4
When Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes he was blind.  The men with him had to lead him by the hand into the city. – Slide 5
He stayed in a house in Damascus for three days, not eating or drinking or being able to see. – Slide 6
Now there was a man in the city called Ananias who believed in Jesus. God showed him in a vision where Saul was and told him to go and pray for him. At first Ananias was afraid when he heard it was Saul. Wasn’t this the man who had come to hurt Christians and put them in prison? But God explained to Ananias that he had great work for Saul to do in the future. – Slide 7
When Ananias got to the house he prayed for Saul telling him that Jesus had sent him so he would receive his sight again. At once, Saul could see and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. – Slide 8
Saul was happy to know that God had a plan for his life. He was to share the good news of Jesus with everyone. He was then baptized, and, after eating some food he felt much stronger. – Slide 9
Soon after this, Saul visited other Christians in the city and went to the synagogues to tell them about Jesus, the Son of God. The Christians were amazed because Saul had once been their enemy and now he was telling them he too believed that Jesus was the Saviour of the world. – Slide 10
However not everyone liked Saul and some searched the city hoping to capture and kill him. Saul found out about their plans and some of his friends helped him to escape over the city walls hiding in a basket. – Slide 11
After Saul escaped he went back to Jerusalem to meet with the Apostles and tell them that he was now a disciple of Jesus like them. Most were afraid because Saul had arrested them in the past. But Barnabas, another disciple, persuaded them that Saul really was a Christian now and they accepted him. Now God’s plan for Saul’s life could begin. From now on he would not be called Saul but Paul. – Slide 12
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