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Divine Arrest

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20 March 2024

When we talk about arrest, we talk about one aspect of security tasks of the law enforcement agency to put a criminal under legal restrain in order to ensure that there is peace in the society. They do this so that crime minded people will not be able to take over the city and carry out wanton destruction. The police would hand-cuff them and put them in the cell pending the hearing of their cases.

This was one of the activities of one Saul of Tarsus, a member of Judaism religion, a legal luminary of his time. He combined his legal profession with the legality of his Judaism religion to carry out horrendous persecutions against the Christians that were then known as the People of the Way. He was one the persecutors that instigated the death of Stephen who was stoned to death. He was the one holding the clothes of the people that stoned Stephen to death. And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.” (Acts 7:58)

Obviously Saul of Tarsus thought he was acting righteously according to tenet of his Judaism religion and of course because of his spiritual ignorance about the Church of Jesus Christ under the leadership of the apostles. Saul of Tarsus went further in the strength of Judaism law to the high priest to desire more power in order to deal ruthlessly in persecuting the church of Jesus Christ. Saul of Tarsus was in no doubt a spiritual terrorist against Christianity then. The disciples of Jesus Christ obviously wished that this persecutor might be restrained but who will bell the cat among the believers? Who will confront Saul at the risk of his own death? If man cannot do it, the Mighty Warrior, the King of glory can do it.

As he journeyed on the way to Damascus one day, Saul experienced a divine encounter. He was not arrested by man, he was divinely arrested. This was not done by earthly law enforcement agency, the Light of Glory from heaven shined round about him and he fell to the ground. “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, ‘Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.’” (Acts 9:3-5) The rest of this divine arrest event can be found in the scripture. That was the turn-around moment in the life of Saul of Tarsus. He was not handcuffed and jailed in the earthly police cell.  A remarkable change that can only be effected by the miraculous power of God took place in his life.  From an ardent persecutor, Saul of Tarsus later became Paul of Jesus Christ, and a divinely appointed apostle of Jesus Christ to the Gentile nations.

The Lord is waiting for the moment of your turning around. Do not wait to be divinely arrested by uncommon encounter like that of Saul of Tarsus before you embrace salvation. You can choose to listen today and yield to the impulses of Holy Spirit and cash in on the grace that our Father in Heaven is extending to you.

Prayer: O Lord, let your mercy prevail in love, in forgiveness and deliverance so that sinners like me, may be brought into your divine insight and understanding in order to embrace salvation. Let the reality of your love be made manifest in their lives, in Jesus name, Amen.


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