Why did Jesus tell Saul, “why do you persecute me?”


Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Acts 9:1-4
            Jesus’ chastisement of Saul says a lot about how Jesus views the church.  If someone attacks the church, they are attacking Jesus.  Jesus doesn’t like it.  The church is the body of Christ, here on earth, doing the work that Jesus wants to do.  If someone tries to stop that, Jesus defends his church.