Temptation of Jesus

Age 5+: Read Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13
Under 5: Read about the temptation of Jesus from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert where he stayed without eating for forty days and forty nights. The devil came to tempt Him. He knew Jesus was hungry, so he told Him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into bread.” But Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took Jesus to the city of Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point of the temple. The devil told Him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written that God will send His angels to lift you up.” Jesus answered him, “It is also written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil tempted Jesus by taking Him to a tall mountain and showing Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He told Him, “All this I will give you if you bow down and worship me.” Jesus replied, “Get away from me, Satan! It is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left Him, and angels came to Jesus and took care of Him.

Preschool questions:
How long did Jesus go without eating? 40 days and 40 nights.
Who tempted Jesus? The devil (Satan). 
Did Jesus give in to the devil? No! 

Elementary questions:
Was His time in the desert the only time Jesus was tempted by the devil? No, read Hebrews 4:15, Luke 22:39-46. 
When Jesus said, “It is written,” where was it written? In the Bible. 
How does the devil tempt us? Through lies, appealing to our pride and selfish desires, directing us away from God. 
Will God help us resist the devil? Yes, read 1 Corinthians 10:13 and James 4:7. 

Preteen application:
Discuss the significance of the temptations of Jesus:
  1. Satan told Jesus to turn the stones around Him into bread… He wanted Him to use His power selfishly rather than for good. 
  2. Satan wanted Jesus to throw himself and have angels raise Him up… Satan appealed to Jesus’ pride by telling Him to “prove” he was the Messiah 
  3. Satan offered to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world which were under his power (1 John 5:19), but Jesus knew he could not give Him their hearts, which is what God truly wants. 
How did Jesus defeat Satan? With the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (NIV) 

Journal (age 8+) Write some ways that you feel tempted by Satan, and write a prayer to God to help you overcome your temptations.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of Jesus in the desert. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Jesus obeyed God in the desert. Discuss what it means to obey and why it is important. Consider these memory verses about obedience.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, and submit any prayer requests.

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