One Body

We’re all on the same team but many don’t realize it.

(Listen to my song “All Are One” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Acts 9:1-4

Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains. On his journey, as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky suddenly flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”

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Saul was zealous about doing what he thought was pleasing to God: Rounding up the “men and women who belonged to the Way” so he could bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.

“The Way” was the name given to the original followers of Jesus because he indeed did demonstrate to them a way of life that would lead them to wholeness and inner peace.

Saul’s actions led to the execution of many of these early Christians.

But then one day Saul had this mystical experience of a light suddenly flashing around him and the voice that followed.

The person speaking identified himself as Jesus.

Note that Jesus specified that Saul was persecuting him personally by persecuting his followers.

The followers…as one body…were equated to Jesus himself.

My friends…we are all the body of Christ.

When you persecute anyone…you persecute Jesus himself.

This message threw Saul’s world upside down.

Have you ever been so thoroughly convinced you were right only to find out you were so thoroughly wrong? I have.

Saul underwent such a transformation that one day he became known as St. Paul who would proclaim: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

Amen.

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Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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