Acts 9:19–22 (ESV)
Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues
19 and taking food, he was strengthened. SFor
some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. 20 And immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 And all who heard him were amazed and
said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?” 22 But Saul increased all the
more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.
The Holy Spirit opened Saul’s eyes and heart to forgiveness through
Christ so he boldly confessed His name to his fellow Jews. Today, trust that the Lord is able to change people’s lives—even people you regard as utterly lost and despicable. How great is our Lord and His grace!
I pray: Father, as Your Holy Spirit opened Saul’s heart to the Gospel, open my heart, that I might believe and make a fearless testimony of Christ. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1852.