Jesus Tempted

Jesus Tempted in the Desert

Bible: Matthew 4:1-11 (Read, Paraphrase)NIrV
Lesson: Place some kind of food that kids love to eat in the middle of the table within arms reach of the children. Like some yummy cookies with bright decorations. (Be considerate of allergies some children may have. There is a recipe for allergy free cookies in the appendix.) Welcome the children. Sing and prey like normal. Lovingly describe the yummy looking cookies to the children. Tell them that temptation is: wanting something right now that they can’t have. “Do you want these cookies? You may have one later but not right now.” I want to tell you about someone else that was tempted with food. After Jesus was baptized, he went into the desert and didn’t eat anything for 40days. That is a long time. When is the last time you ate anything? Are you hungry? Jesus was very hungry. When he was very, very hungry the devil came to tempt him three times. But the words of God protected Jesus. The devil even tried to get Jesus to change a stone into bread, right now! Because Jesus was hungry, right now. Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man doesn’t live only on bread. He also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ “ What is the definition of temptation?

Temptation is: wanting something right now that you can’t have.

God wanted to give Jesus bread/food but not right now. He needed to wait for the right time, just as you need to wait for the right time to eat these cookies. During temptation Jesus used the words of God to do the right thing. He even said that the words of God are like bread. Just like we need food to eat, we need the words of God to live right.

What is temptation?

Temptation is: wanting something right now that you can’t have.

What helped Jesus with temptation? –The word of God

Now if you sit patiently with a smile on your face, I will give you each a cookie.

1. Temptation is: wanting something right now that you can’t have.

2. The Word of God keeps us from Temptation

Important Point:

1. Temptation is: wanting something right now that you can’t have.

2. The Word of God keeps us from Temptation
Direction: Print out Jesus Tempted in the Desert and Jesus Bread one for each child. (There are two loaves in the Jesus Bread, just one is needed per child.) Cut out the Jesus’ Bread on the dotted line. Fold the bread loaf back and fourth like an accordion, following the instructions. Glue the back blank section to the dashed bread loaf on the Jesus Tempted in the Desert pages. Be sure to put the yummy cookies out to teach the lesson. Have the children color the page after they are finished with their cookie.

Materials: yummy looking cookies (allergy free recipe in the appendix), scissors, glue, and colors

Jesus Desert Tempted (Click link to download pdf)

Learning Moments

My batteries died at the beginning of class, which was a good opportunity to shine through a bummer. And praise the Lord those little cuties, got to see the Lord shine through my relaxed response. The Lord allowed me to video later that day. The cookies temptation was a success. I repeated the definition more times in the first lesson then in the second shorter lesson I recorded. At the end, most of them could repeat the definition of temptation.