Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here’s a few lines from what he said about Paul’s encounter with the risen Jesus.
If this were simply a story of how Paul became a Christian then we might wonder if it has much to say to us. Few of us will have had such a dramatic encounter. And even those of us who have will at best hear echoes of something that has already happened.
But if this is about the way that God interrupted the life of someone who thought they were doing his will then that can happen to any of us, at any time, although not necessarily in such a dramatic way.
And the possibility that someone like Paul, with all his learning, with all his diligent effort to be faithful to the God of the covenant, with all his passion, could have been so wrong, should I think challenge us to see how wrong we can get things.
That’s why it’s so helpful to remember this story of Peter’s restoration, not just because it holds out the offer of forgiveness to us, if we get things wrong, but because unlike Paul, Peter was someone whose passion was already directed towards following Jesus. And yet he also got it wrong.
[Reflecting on Acts 9.1-9 and John 21.1-19]
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