God moves small.
Acts 22: 8 “Who are you, Lord?” I asked. “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
Why did the voice not say, “I am Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth, but the Son of the Living God”?
Why was it simply, “Jesus of Nazareth”?
I believe it shows hat Christ demonstrates his divinity in the lowliest and most ordinary despised places of this world.
- Paul has no doubt been using the title ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ in a slanderous way. He is now on the floor stunned by the brightness of the light of the One he slandered.
- Nothing good came out of Nazareth, apparently (John 1:46). It was a very small village. It typifies the many places in the world that are forgotten, unimportant and struggling. Paul is now hearing a heavenly voice who says he is from an earthly place that is so small it is never mentioned in the Jewish Scriptures.
- After Jesus had been put to death Paul had continued to threaten and then imprison and kill any followers of this Nazarene. He has now been stripped of his authority and power and realises that persecuting the followers was futile because Jesus cannot be stopped.
It is better to find divinity in the ordinary, heaven on earth and the true power within persecution that sustains.
Not everyone finds this. But on this Damascus Road Paul was one who did. He would never be the same again.
I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene.
God moves small, don’t miss Him.