Today’s Scripture: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:3,8
I believe that the most significant eyewitness of the risen Savior is one who was “born out of due time.” The Apostle Paul, who at the time was named Saul, saw the risen Savior. His witness is so significant because it was he who would do anything to get rid of this “cult,” Christianity.
This Saul was zealous. He was the most feared persecutor of Christians. He showed his approval of the murder of Stephen, the first martyr, by holding the coats of those who stoned him. Then after that, he would get permission by the priests to go to people’s homes and arrest anyone who was a Christian, even if they were women or children. The punishment Saul sought for any Christian was stoning. This man was beyond certain that Christ was not the Son of God or risen from the dead.
One day, when Saul was traveling to Damascus to persecute Christians, the risen Savior stopped him and spoke to him. If Saul hadn’t see the risen Savior, there is no way he would have claimed he did.
This persecutor became the “Apostle to the Gentiles,” and to this day is one of the greatest proofs of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Devotional by: Jim Scudder Jr.