Sermon was given by our brother Mark Crossman. In Christ Alone.
In last week's sermon, Paul was in the temple area where Gentiles were not allowed. A riot breaks out. The gang wants to kill Paul. Paul's response may seem unusual - he asks to speak to the people (angry mob) - he takes every opportunity to witness. Paul speaks to the people in a language they would know. Paul starts with his credentials - he is a Jew, a Jew from birth - and has the right to go to the temple. He was brought up in Jerusalem, educated by the prominent educator - badge of honor, impressive, like Harvard is to us. Paul sees these people as zealous for God; as they understood it. Paul had also been zealous for God in this fashion. Many were killed under Paul's (Saul's) influence ... until the Road to Damascus. On this road, Paul heard the voice of God - Saul, why are you persecuting me? At this point, Paul truly understood. Jesus Christ is the Messiah - he just spoke to Him! 1) Paul learns that Jesus is God - this is critical to the understanding of Christianity. 2) Jesus is the Messiah, God, Christ; God of the entire universe. 3) Jesus is alive, not dead! This changes everything for Paul - he begins to see the link between the Old Covenant and what was happening then through Jesus.
If the law could have saved anyone, it would have saved Paul; he was as good as he could be under the law; but he had missed the entire point. One moment on the road to Damascus transforms his heart and turns his life around forever. Today, some people might say - 'I'm not good enough to come to Jesus'. We cannot be good enough. Jesus would not have had to come and die for us if we could be good enough! Paul was the best man and the worst man. The worst man has already come to Jesus Christ. Let Paul's life be an example of God's grace, faith and love for the foremost sinner.