Paul meets Jesus

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  • Have you ever had a ‘change of heart’? Or have you ever felt sure you didn’t like something or someone, only to become their biggest fan?

    This story from the New Testament is about the man who came to be known as St Paul. He wrote a lot of the New Testament, and his ideas are some of the most important in all of Christianity. But Paul – who was first called Saul - didn’t always like the Church. In fact, he tried to get rid of all Christians – until he had an incredible experience on the road to Damascus.

    You can read the whole story for yourself in Acts 9:1-25.

    Saul goes on a journey


    Saul was a very religious man. He did not like the disciples and their new followers. He asked for permission to go to the city of Damascus and arrest all those who followed Jesus. Soon he set off.

    Saul hears a special voice


    On his journey, Saul suddenly saw a bright light and fell to the ground. He heard a voice ask, 'Saul, why are you cruel to me?'
    'Who are you?' asked Saul.
    'I am Jesus,' the voice replied. 'Now go into Damascus and you will find out what you must do.'

  • Saul goes to Damascus


    When Saul got up he discovered he was blind. The men who were with him took him by the hand and led him into the city.

    Ananias hears from God


    There was a man named Ananias, a Christian, who lived in Damascus. He had a vision from God, who told him about Saul. God told him he needed to meet with Saul to heal him of his blindness. But Ananias was scared. He knew that Saul hurt Christians and that he might be arrested himself. But God told Ananias that he had big plans for Saul.

    Ananias meets Saul


    Ananias went to the place where Saul was staying. Ananias put his hands over Saul's eyes and said to him, 'Jesus has sent me. He wants you to be able to see and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.'
    At once something like fish scales fell from Saul's eyes. He could see again!

  • Saul is a changed man


    Saul believed that Jesus was God's son. He was baptised straight away. He stayed with other Christians in the city, and began talking to people about what he had seen and heard.

    Saul amazes the people


    Saul spoke passionately about Jesus. The people were amazed. 'Isn't this the man who was trying to hurt all the Christians in Jerusalem?' they asked each other. 'Didn't he come here to arrest all the Christians?' But Saul carried on, explaining that Jesus was the special Messiah the Jews had been waiting for.


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The New Testament is mostly made up of a collection of letters written to the early Christian church. Many of these letters were written by Paul, a follower of Jesus who was imprisoned and beaten for his beliefs. However Paul did not begin life as […]

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