Published on May 13th, 2013
The following excerpt is from God’s Apostle: The Adventures of Paul by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden (40 pages, hardcover, color illustrations).
When Saul heard of the Jews’ plot to kill him, he knew it was time to leave. But Roman spies and the Jews were watching for him at the city gates.
Under the cover of night, believers placed Saul in a basket. They lowered him through a window and down the city wall until the basket reached the ground.
Saul was safe from trouble — for now….
Soon, Saul became known as Paul ….
Wherever Paul went, he drew big crowds. He also attracted persecutors….”Salvation is for everyone!” he proclaimed….
“Who does he think he is, leading people away from our religion?” muttered Jewish leaders who were jealous of Paul. They left the synagogue with a plan to rid their town of this troublemaker.
As the jealous Jewish leaders stirred up trouble for Paul, those who heard the message told others.
Like feathers in the wind, the gospel spread far and wide. No one could stop it, not even angry religious and city leaders.
“Seize him!” cried one of the city leaders.
Suddenly the crowd turned on him. They pushed Paul through the city gate and forced him to leave. But that didn’t stop Paul and his friends. He left for another city. The more the Jews and Gentiles pursued Paul, the more the gospel spread….
Paul found ways to share the love of Jesus, and sometimes that got him into trouble.
You, too, might get into trouble for telling others about him. And like Paul, those troubles might lead to more ways to share Jesus, who promised never to leave us but to be with us always.
God’s Apostle: The Adventures of Paul by The Voice of the Martyrs with Cheryl Odden is available at VOM Books. To learn more about this and other children’s resources, visit the resource page on this site.