Bible Passage: Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4
Story Point: Jesus was tempted and never sinned.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Show videos: There is a video for Early Childhood, and one for Elementary. If you have children in both age groups, show both!
Discussion Time: Follow up with the following questions. Answers are provided, but first see what your child comes up with.
Early Childhood 2-5 years old:
- What did the devil tell Jesus to do to the stones? (tell them to become bread)
- What did the devil tell Jesus to do on top of the temple? (jump off)
- What did the devil tell Jesus to do on the high mountain? (worship him)
- Did Jesus do what the devil told Him to do? (no)
- Did Jesus sin? (No, Jesus never sinned.)
- Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
- Why was Jesus in the wilderness? (The Spirit sent Him there to pray, fast, and be tempted by Satan; Mark 1:13; Matt. 4:1-2)
- What did Satan tempt Jesus to do? (turn stones to bread, jump off the temple, and worship Satan to get riches and power; Matt. 4:3,6,9)
- How did Jesus fight against temptation? (Jesus quoted Scripture to remember what is true; Matt. 4:4,7,10)
- Why do we face temptations? Guide kids to think about why Satan wants people to sin. Remind them that Satan wants to prevent people from glorifying God and keep Christians from living the way God has commanded us to live. We also have sin natures that desire sin and selfishness. We are tempted when we dwell on sinfulness and when Satan tries to get us to disobey.
- Can we resist temptation? Discuss the difference between people who trust in Jesus and people who do not. Help kids see without Jesus, we cannot avoid sin. Remind them, though, that everyone who trusts in Jesus has the Holy Spirit living inside. Christians can use the power of the Spirit and the Word of God to fight temptation and obey God.
- Why is it important to resist temptation? Help kids see that Christians cannot lose their salvation when they choose sin, but sin still dishonors God, hurts us, and hurts those around us. We resist temptation not to earn God’s love, but because we love and trust God that His commands are good for us.
Activity: This or that?
Designate two sides of the room. You may hang signs that say A and B, This and That, or some other label. Ask your kids about how they would act given different options, and instruct them to walk to the side of the room you assign to each option. Give kids a chance to explain their choices.
- keep a lost wallet or turn it into the lost and found
- copy a friend’s homework or turn yours in unfinished
- befriend a new kid at school or stick with friends you know
Say • If we faced those situations in real life, we would probably be pretty tempted to choose the selfish, sinful option. Today we will learn about a time Jesus felt temptation. We will hear how Jesus fought back and chose to obey God.