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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Fifth Station of Joy

The Fifth Station of Joy is Paul.

Saul had his ideas about God and Jesus did not fit into them. He began to persecute the followers of Jesus. Jesus wanted Paul but had to knock him down, blind him and tell him, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting." Saul was called by name; God knew him and this encounter with Jesus changed his whole life.
Jesus told Saul, "Rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." Paul was still blind for three days but then Ananias is sent to him. Ananias had a vision where the Lord said to him, "Rise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul; for behold, he is praying."
Ananias tried to dissuade the Lord for he had heard about the evil Saul had done to believers. But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name."
So Ananias went to Paul, restored his sight, and Paul  was filled with the Holy Spirit"! Paul will become the great Apostles to the Gentiles and spread the joy of the risen Jesus.

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