A "Damascus Road" Experience
The salvation message is more important than any other words that I could ever say. Did you know that the persecuted church is thriving simply because people refuse to recant their faith? These people do not think of themselves; they think of the lost souls who need to hear the Gospel! Let's let God use us in the same way!
Zahid was a Pakistani Muslim priest who ambushed Christians and burned their Bibles. Once he kept one of the Bibles and started studying it to prove that Christianity was a lie. “I read the Bible, looking for contradictions I could use against the Christian faith,” Zahid shared. “All of a sudden, a great light appeared in my room and I heard a voice call my name. The light illuminated the entire room.
“‘Zahid, why do you persecute me?’ the voice asked.
“I was scared. I didn’t know what to do. I asked, ‘Who are you?’
“‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ For the next three nights, the light and the voice returned. On the fourth night, I knelt down and accepted Jesus as my Savior.”
Having converted to Christianity, Zahid was arrested and imprisoned as a traitor to Islam. He was tortured in prison for two years and eventually sentenced to death. As the noose was placed around his neck, Zahid told his executioners that Jesus was “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He wanted his last breath to be used to save his countrymen.
Then suddenly, guards rushed in and said that there had been a stay of execution and Zahid was released. No one knows why Zahid’s sentence was reversed, but today Zahid continues to travel Pakistan as an evangelist.