Led into the Desert:
When Jesus returned from being baptised in the River Jordan, He was led
by the Holy Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
While He was there, Jesus prayed and ate no food for forty days.
Afterwards He was hungry and weak, and that's when the devil
came and tempted Him.
Do you know what it means to be tempted? (Let the children
respond). It means to want to do something you know is
wrong, or when somebody asks you to do something you know is wrong.
Change Stones into Bread!
How was Jesus tempted? The devil came to Him and said, "If you are
the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." what
was wrong with that? (Let the children respond
It was wrong, and the devil tried to tempt Jesus to do things Himself,
rather than trust His Father, God. But, Jesus answered, "It is
written, 'Man does not live on bread alone, but by every word that
comes from the mouth of God'."
Angels will Catch You!
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 to guard and
care for you, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone'."
Would any of you dared to jump of a very high temple wall? (Let the
children respond). If Jesus had done so, would God have sent
angels to catch Him? (Let the children respond). I don't
think so! But, what did Jesus do? He answered the devil and
said, "It is also written: 'Do not test the Lord your God'."
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 riches. "All this I will give
to you," he said, "If you will bow down and worship me."
Who must we worship? (Let the children respond). We must only
worship our Heavenly Father. And what did Jesus answer? He
said, "Get away from Me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the
Lord your God, and serve Him only'." And then the devil left Him,
and angels came and helped Him.
Doing God's Will:
Jesus knew that it was wrong for Him to use the power of God to make bread
out of stones in order to satisfy His hunger. Why did Jesus know
that this was wrong? Well, the power of God's Holy Spirit was in
Jesus to let Him to do wonderful things for other people.
But, it would have been wrong for Him to use that power for Himself.
No, Jesus was determined to do His Father's will, and so He refused
everything that the devil tempted Him to do!
This is a very important lesson which all boys and girls need to learn - that
we must always obey God! Jesus did, and He never sinned or did
anything wrong, not even when the devil tempted Him. He always
obeyed and pleased God in all He did and said!
We want to be like Jesus, don't we? (Let the children respond)
Yes, and to do that we have to say, "No!" when we want to do wrong and
disobey God. That's why we need to learn memory verses, so that we
can know how to act when we are tempted to do wrong.