Jesus' Temptation - Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4
Jesus was tempted, but He trusted God and never sinned. Jesus is perfect and righteous. A perfect sacrifice was required to take away sin. Jesus was that perfect sacrifice. He died on the cross to free us from sin and to give us the power to say no to temptation.
“He must increase but I must decrease” - John 3:30
- He (Point up with both hands)
- Must increase (Change to “praise hands”)
- But I (Point to chest with both thumbs)
- Must decrease (Put hands about one foot apart in front of chest to make “small” gesture)
He Must Increase
Bible Story Video
Bible Story Summary
- God’s Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness.
- The devil came and tempted Jesus three times.
- Jesus was tempted and never sinned.
Family Discussion Starters
- Name a time you were tempted to sin.
- How did Jesus use God’s Word to fight temptation?
- How does God’s Word help us fight sin?
- Whom can we ask to help us say no to sin?
- Choose a Bible verse for each family member to memorize to use in the fight against sin. Write those down and then review them at dinner each night.
For Preschool Kids
- Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF
- Activity: Build a Temple
Guide children to use the blocks to build a temple. Search for images of the temple to show children as a guide
Say: The devil took Jesus to the top of the temple in Jerusalem. The devil told Jesus to jump off the temple and that angels would keep Him safe and protect Him. Was that a good idea? No! Jesus told the devil the Bible says not to test God. The devil tried hard to get Jesus to sin, but Jesus never sinned. Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners. We can ask Jesus to help us say no to sin, and He will help us. Jesus died on the cross so we can be forgiven when we do sin.
For Elementary Kids
- Personal Bible Study (3rd-5th Grade Class Handout) - Download PDF
- New City Catechism - Question 26
What else does Christ’s death redeem?
Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.
- Discussion & Bible Skills
Help kids find Mathew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4. Ask them to tell you which division those books are in. (New Testament, Gospels) Ask which other book is part of that same division. (John) Then ask them to briefly explain what that division contains. (the stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, as well as His death and resurrection) Consider showing Jerusalem on a New Testament Israel map.
Ask the following questions:
- 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. 6. 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.
- Jesus was tempted and never sinned. When we face temptation, we can resist it through the Holy Spirit’s power and the Word of God.