Paul traveled to Damascus
with the original intent to
persecute followers of Jesus
but along the way he
encountered Jesus in a
"As he neared Damascus on his journey,
suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him,
“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”"
"“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be
told what you must do.”"
"Saul got up from the ground, but when
he opened his eyes he could see nothing.
So they led him by the hand into Damascus.
For three days he was blind, and did not
eat or drink anything."
When Paul arrived in Damascus, he was
told to meet Jesus' followers where
he experienced Jesus' power through
the healing of his blindness.
He spent many days with the disciples
and started preaching about Jesus
being the Son of God in Jewish
synagogues. Everyone became skeptical
"All those who heard him were astonished
and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised
havoc in Jerusalem among those who
call on this name? And hasn’t he come
here to take them as prisoners to
the chief priests?”"
His reputation of persecuting
Christians and Jewish followers of Jesus led to
the Jews of Damascus conspiring against Paul.
He learned of their plans and became
vigilant of their efforts to kill him.
"Day and night they kept close
watch on the city gates in
order to kill him. But his
followers took him by night and
lowered him in a basket
through an opening in the wall."
Paul's escape from Damascus marks the
end of his journey there. He then left to
go to Arabia for studies with Jesus.