Last week’s post titled Why Crucify talked about the power of Jesus’s death on the cross and how His death fulfilled Biblical prophecy. What was so amazing was I discovered that to truly know the power of Jesus’s resurrection, you need to identify with His death. The Apostle Paul truly got this when he penned these words in Galatians 2:20-21, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Today, I would like to paint you a portrait of what Paul meant by these words.
Paul was describing his new life. You see Paul, like many of us went through a transformation. While Paul was on the road to Damascus, he met up with Jesus and there suddenly appeared a bright light from heaven blinding Paul. Is it possible that Paul’s physically blindness was used by Jesus to depict Paul’s spiritual blindness? Once again we see the amazing grace of God being used in a miraculous way to open up the eyes of the spiritually blind.
The Holy Spirit throughout the Bible has used the physical to point people to God and the truth. It was no different in Paul’s case. Matter of fact, prior to being blinded, Paul was about his business of persecuting Christians. It’s no wonder that Ananias, a disciple of Jesus, was a little more than apprehensive when he was given the job of restoring Paul’s sight. The Book of Acts shares Ananias’s perspective during his conversation with The Lord.