Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lesson 49: The Jailer Who Believed

Bible (Pg 398)
Illustrations (Paul, Silas, Jail and Jailer)

Paul and his friend Silas told everybody about Jesus. Bad people got mad. They put Paul and Silas in jail. The jail keeper put chains on their hands. Paul and Silas were happy. They were happy because they loved Jesus. Paul and Silas sang songs to Jesus. Jesus was in heaven, but He heard Paul and Silas sing. They made Jesus very happy.

At night, Jesus made the ground shake. The walls shook and the chains fell off Paul and Silas. They were free! They could run away if they wanted to. But they didn't. They stayed there.

The jail keeper was very afraid when the ground began to shake. He was afraid that all the prisoners would run away and he would be in big trouble. But Paul said, "Don't worry, jail keeper! We're right here. We didn't run away at all."

The jail keeper didn't understand why Paul and Silas did not run away. Then he knew. Jesus gave Paul and Silas love. Jesus gave Paul and Silas courage so they wouldn't run away. The jail keeper wanted love and courage too. He wanted to know Jesus. He said, "Paul and Silas, what do I have to do to be saved?" Paul and Silas said, "You have to believe in Jesus. You have to love Jesus."

The jail keeper was so happy! He took Paul and Silas to his house. He gave them food to eat. He said, "thank you Paul and Silas, for telling me about Jesus' love."

Paul and Silas could have run away. They could have hated the jail keeper for locking them in jail. But Jesus gave them love. Jesus wants us to love people. Even the people who are mean to us. Then we can tell them about Jesus and they can love Jesus too!

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The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

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