Jesus Stories
The Acts of the Apostles

Paul and Silas in Jail

Paul and Silas went to Macedonia.

They preached about Jesus.

Some people didn't like them and ordered them thrown in jail.

They were not treated very nicely in jail.

They were chained even when the cell doors were locked.

They were beaten.

Paul and Silas never lost hope.

They prayed and sang hymns everyday.

One night Paul and Silas were still singing.

It was around midnight.

There was an earthquake.

The walls started shaking.

All the cell doors flew open and the chains opened and fell off all the prisoners.

The guard saw all the doors open and the chains on the floor.

He thought the prisoners had escaped.

He thought he was in big trouble.

He was scared.

"Don't be afraid," said Paul.  "We are all right here"

He called for someone to get him a light so he could see for himself.

He counted the prisoners.

Sure enough, they were all there.

That made the guard wonder.

Why hadn't the prisoners left the nasty jail when they had the chance?

Why did all of them say there?

He finally knew!

He had it figured out!

He went up to Peter and Silas.

"What do I do to be saved?" asked the guard.

"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ," replied Paul and Silas.

The guard was so happy, he took Paul and Silas to his house.

He fed them.

He let them wash.

Paul and Silas talked all abut Jesus.

They told them everything.

Everyone in the house was baptized that very night.

The next morning, the guard told Paul and Silas some good news.

He had permission to set them free.


What do you think?

Do you think Paul and Silas should have been in jail?

Would you have escaped when the earthquake opened the cell doors?

Do you think you could sing being in a place like that?

Write and tell me what you think , BUT, ask your parents first.

Let's Pray:
Dear God,
Thank you for always being with me.
Thank you for caring for me.
Help me to always remember to be joyful in every situation, because you are with me.
This I ask through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

Can you think of a better prayer?

This story can be found in
 Acts 16:16-35

Write to me, please.


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