We can overcome temptation by using God's Word.
Tempted in the Desert:
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from being baptised by John the
Baptist in the River Jordan and was led by the Holy Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted and prayed, and
ate no food for forty days and afterwards He was hungry and weak.
And then the devil came and tempted Him.
Do you know what it means to be tempted? (Let the children
respond). It means wanting to do things that are wrong, or being
asked to do or say things which you know are wrong.
Change Stones into Bread!
The devil came to Jesus and said, "If you are the Son of God, command that
these stones become bread." Was this a bad thing? After all
Jesus was very hungry from going without food for forty days and very
badly needed food. (Let the children respond
No! The devil had tried to tempt Jesus to take matters into His own
hands, rather than trust His Father, God. The devil suggested that
Jesus should use His power to turn stones into bread. If the Jesus
had done so, He would have been using His powers for His own good.
But, Jesus was set on doing His Father's will, and so He refused. Jesus
answered, "It is written, 'Man does not live on bread alone, but by every
word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Jump off the Temple!
Then the devil took Him to Jerusalem to stand on the highest point of the
temple. "If you are the Son of God," he said, "Throw yourself down.
For it is written, 'He will command His angels concerning You, and
they will lift You up so that You will not strike Your foot against a
What if Jesus decided that He needed to check whether God would really protect
Him? Would it have been wrong for Jesus to jump off the temple and
call out, "Hey God! Catch me!" (Let the children respond).
No! Jesus trusted God with all of His heart and knew it would be wrong
to test God and so Jesus answered the devil, "It is also written: 'Do not
put the Lord your God to the test.'"
All could be Yours!
Lastly, the devil took Him up into a very high mountain and showed him all the
kingdoms of the world and their splendour. "All this I will give you,"
he said, "If you will bow down and worship me."
Could the devil have given all this to Jesus? (Let the children
respond). Why didn't Jesus accept all the nations and kingdoms,
and gold and jewels, and precious things? After all, Jesus was born to
be King! (Let the children respond).
But, Jesus answered the devil, "Get away from Me! For it is written:
'Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'" Then the devil left
Him, and angels came and attended to Him.
Jesus knew it was wrong for Him to use God's power to make bread out of
stones to satisfy His hunger. Why did Jesus know that this was wrong?
(Let the children respond
). Well, God's power was on Jesus to
enable Him to do wonderful things for other people. But it would
have been wrong for Him to use that power for Himself. This is a
lesson which all boys and girls need to learn, that we must obey God's Word
Jesus never sinned or did anything wrong, not even when the devil tempted Him.
He could have avoided dying on the cross, but that would have gone
against God's plan for Him to die for our sins and make a way for us to go
to Heaven. But, thank God, that Jesus always obeyed and pleased God in
all He did and said!
Just think of all the wonderful things God has promised to do for us! We
want to be like Jesus, don't we? And to do that, we have to say, "No!"
to temptations to do wrong and disobey God. That's why we need to
learn and memorise Bible verses so that we can know how to answer when the
devil tempts us to do wrong.