The Comfort of Christ

One of the sweetest stories in the Bible is in Acts (9:10-18), where the Lord told one of the early Christians, Ananias, to go to Saul, saying, "Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth."

We all know that Ananias, remembering Saul's persecution of the Christians, remonstrated, saying, "I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name." But the Lord told Ananias that Saul's real mission was to bear witness to the Christ, and so Ananias went to him. What tender comfort and encouragement it must have been to Saul to have Ananias come, calling him "brother" in proof of Christly forgiveness! During this visit of Ananias, Saul was healed of the blindness with which he had been stricken on the Damascus road.

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