Saul of Tarsus was headed to another city, planning once again to arrest Christians and drag them back to Jerusalem in chains. In the meantime, Saul was wearing chains himself, shackled by his hatred for Christ and by his vindictive ignorance. Then the risen Redeemer spoke to him, cut away his chains, and commissioned him to proclaim his Name throughout the world. We who were once wearing the chains of hatred, ignorance, guilt, and fear have ourselves been set free. In his grace and mercy, Christ has spoken to us of forgiveness, resurrection, and eternal life. He has now commissioned us also to proclaim his liberating Name even to those who are wearing the chains of unbelief: “Christ is risen!”