Saul’s conversion on the Damascus road took place many years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Yet when Jesus confronted him, he asked, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4). Jesus is speaking using the present tense—why do you persecute me? Jesus lives in his followers. This is not some nice theological theory but here we see a very practical application of this truth. Again in the next verse we find Jesus saying, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” When Christians are hurt, persecuted, abused, ridiculed, Jesus feels it too.