Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus Being Tempted Sunday School Lesson

Use this Jesus Being Tempted Sunday School Lesson to teach children how Jesus overcame the devil's temptations. 

Needed: Bibles
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, How many of you have ever done something wrong?

Does anyone know what we call it when we feel like we want to do something wrong? When we feel like we want to do something wrong, that means we’re being tempted.

Jesus was tempted once to do some wrong things.

(Have a student read Matthew 4:1-4.)

What did the devil tempt Jesus to do? To turn rocks into bread so He could eat it.

Jesus had fasted for forty days and forty nights. He hadn’t eaten anything for forty days. Then the devil came and tempted Him to make rocks into bread because he knew that Jesus was really hungry. The devil knew that Jesus would want food. And the devil knows what we want, too. That’s how he knows what to tempt us with.

What would be wrong about Jesus turning rocks into bread? Jesus would be using His powers for Himself, but God wanted Jesus to trust God to give Him food. God wants us to trust Him. Jesus knew that it was more important to do what God wanted Him to do than to make bread for Himself.

(Have another student read Matthew 4:5-7.)

What did the devil tempt Jesus to do here? To jump off the roof of the Temple.

The devil said that God would send the angels to catch Jesus if He jumped. But if Jesus did that, He would be showing off. He would be showing off that He could jump off the roof and have angels catch Him. But God doesn’t want us to show off because that’s bragging about what we can do and God doesn’t want us to do that.

(Have another student read Matthew 4:8-11.)

What was the third thing the devil tempted Jesus to do? The devil said he would give Jesus everything in the world if Jesus would worship the devil.

Did Jesus do it? No.

Because who is the only one we’re supposed to worship? God.

Jesus knew that we’re only supposed to worship God. God is always most important. No matter what someone else can give you, God is more important because God made you and God can make you live forever in Heaven. No one can make you and no one else can make you live forever.

Did you notice what Jesus kept saying after all the times the devil tempted Him? He kept saying, “It is written,” and then He would say a Bible verse. Jesus was able to resist the devil’s temptations because Jesus knew what the Bible said. He knew what the right things were that God wants us to do. And that’s why we have to learn about the Bible. So we can know what God wants us to do and so we can resist the devil’s temptations.

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