Paul hated Jesus and imprisoned everyone claiming to follow him. Paul shared his personal testimony of hatred for Christians with King Agrippa, “I was convinced that I must do everything possible to oppose the name of Jesus. I put many Christians in prison and cast my vote that they should all be put to death. I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force each one of them to renounce their faith. I was so zealous about persecuting them that I hunted them down in foreign cities.” (Acts 26:9-11)
The master icon illustrates the two destinies of Saul, and because he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ, the Lord gave him the new name “Paul.” The fire angel baptizing Paul in darkness illustrates the physical blindness he experienced for three days. Paul had a life-changing, destiny-altering experience of Jesus Christ illustrated by the Lamb of God reigning on his throne in heaven surrounded by seraphim and cherubim.
The cherubim face on the right is a man’s face illustrating Paul’s first destiny to choose his wicked desires, worship the dragon, and receive a king’s crown by continuing to fulfill his role as persecutor and destroyer of Jesus Christ’s church. This satanic destiny is illustrated by a dead tree on the path to the right where Paul holds the chains to a captive Christian. A storm is brewing over Damascus where Paul was headed to round up and imprison some disciples of Jesus.
The cherubim face on the left is an eagle’s face illustrating Paul’s second, restored destiny revealing the clarity and discernment the Holy Spirit gave Paul to see the true path, repent of his violence, and surrender his life, leadership, and future to serve Jesus Christ as King and Lord. This destiny is also illustrated by a fruit-bearing tree representing all the spiritual fruit he will sow among all nations, his baptism by Ananias, and his future missionary role to the nations. He will preach Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The sun shining behind Damascus illustrates Father Yahweh’s joy and delight at Paul’s repentance.
Jesus Saves Paul story sketches
Sketch #1: Cloud & Jesus – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates Paul being captivated and changed forever by a vision of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
Sketch #2: Paul, chains, and prisoner – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where Paul journeys to Damascus to imprison Jesus followers in that city.
Sketch #3: Open eye – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Jesus instructs Ananias to visit Paul, heal him of blindness, and baptize him in the Holy Spirit.
Sketch #4: Baptism waters – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where Paul decides to follow Jesus, be baptized, and begin his new life as a living sacrifice.
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