Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to tell kids about Paul's death.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Are any of you afraid to die?
Why do you think some people are afraid of death? (Suggestions could be it might hurt, we have to leave our family behind, our families will be sad, we have still have things we want to do, etc.)
Can you think of any reasons why someone would not be afraid to die? (They want to go to Heaven and see God, they know they’ll get to see other family members who have died, etc.)
Well, what happened to Paul last time? (He was on a ship and the ship got caught in a big storm and it crashed.)
Why was Paul on the ship? Where was he going? (He was being taken as a prisoner to Rome so he could go to court and be judged by the Emperor.)
What had he been arrested for? (For being a Christian and teaching about Jesus.)
Well, Paul finally did get to Rome on another ship. But when he got to Rome, he had to wait two whole years for his trial with the Emperor. He was on house arrest for two years. Does anyone know what house arrest means?
It means that Paul wasn’t in jail really. He had a house to live in, but a soldier also lived with him and made sure he didn’t leave the house to try to escape. He had to stay in that house or have a soldier with him wherever he went.
And do you know what happened after those two years? There was a big fire in the city of Rome, the biggest and most important city in the world back then, the capital, the place where the Emperor lived. And what happened was the King, Emperor Nero, set the fires. He wanted to burn the whole city down and then rebuild it to be like what he wanted. But when everyone got mad about the fire, Emperor Nero blamed the Christians for starting the fire. Most people back then didn’t believe in Jesus and they were always picking on people who did believe in Jesus and this was just one more time that they could pick on Christians, blaming them for the fire.
So they arrested a bunch of Christians, including Peter. They put them in the coliseum, the stadium, for everyone to watch them being killed. Some of the Christians they put in with lions and the lions ate them. Some of them were put in with warriors and the warriors attacked and killed them. Peter was hung upside on a cross. Then, since they already had Paul on house arrest, they brought him out and cut off his head.
But do you think Paul was afraid to die? (No.)
Paul wasn’t afraid to die because he knew he’d be going to see God and Jesus when he died and that he would get to live forever in Heaven.
Paul also knew that he had done what he was supposed to do. He had done what God wanted. Because in his life, ever since he believed in Jesus, he always tried to do the right things and he had done his job of telling other people about Jesus.
If we believe in Jesus and do the things He wants us to do, we don’t have to be afraid to die either. Instead, we can look forward to how great it will be to see God and to live forever in Heaven. Nothing bad will ever happen in Heaven because God doesn’t let anything bad happen in Heaven. No one will ever die again or get hurt. No one will ever be sad. No one will do anything wrong or mean. It’ll be great!