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For the Apostoles, death of Jesus Christ had to be
a huge test of faith in His being the God, in the words which He had spoken (and especially their implementation), after His crucifiction, and
a huge test of faith in His truly resurrection for the Apostoles, when He began to appear, before the descent of the Holy Spirit upon them, in Pentecost (gr. πεντηκοστή [ἡμέρα] Pentekoste [Hemera]).
The fact that Jesus Christ – God is present in those who accept Him by faith, and which He feeds by His Body, that He is among those who gather together to pray in His Name, that He is present in His Word, in His creation, convinced quite painfully, persecuting the followers of Christ, Saul [Hebrew שאול התרסי Shaul ha-Tarsus, born. 5-10 in Tarsus in Cilicia, and died. 64-67 in Rome]:
“And Saul, as yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues: that if he found any men and women of this way, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 And as he went on his journey, it came to pass that he drew near to Damascus. And suddenly a light from heaven shined round about him. 4 And falling on the ground, he heard a voice saying to him: Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? 5 Who said: Who are you, Lord? And he: I am Jesus whom you persecute. It is hard for you to kick against the goad. 6 And he, trembling and astonished, said: Lord, what will you have me to do? 7 And the Lord said to him: Arise and go into the city; and there it shall be told you what you must do. Now the men who went in company with him stood amazed, hearing indeed
a voice but seeing no man. 8 And Saul arose from the ground: and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. But they, leading him by the hands, brought him to Damascus.
9 And he was there three days without sight: and he did neither eat nor drink”.
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