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Lesson on "Jesus faces temptation"  

 

Introduction:  After Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, confusion was amoung the followers of John the Baptist. Why should John the Baptist didn't follow, support and told his followers to follow Jesus? John the Baptist could have been Jesus first disciple (very powerful disciple). 

So Jesus had to set up an "indemnity condition"* to restore John the Baptist failure of non-commitment and to pay a price for blessing to come (He has to look himself for main disciples). God led Him into the desert for a while to fast and pray.   Matthew 4:1-11

* indemnity conditions is a willing, sacrificial conditions set up by an idividual or group of people in order for something to be restored to an original position or state. Conditions could be such as fasting, praying, doing good deeds, offering something precious, etc. (more will be explain in future lessons). 

 

   Story:

   For forty days, Jesus did not have anything to eat. He got very hungry. After this, Satan tried to tempt Jesus to do wrong things. He said to himself, "This Jesus says He is The Son of God, I will see if he is really as strong in faith as He thinks He is. I bet I can get Him to do some bad things and show Him how weak He really is."

      He faced Jesus and said to Him, "If you really are the Son of God, turn these stones into bread. Then you won't be so hungry."

      Jesus said in a very strong voice, "You are wrong. God's Word says, 'Man does not live on bread alone."

      Satan was a little upset with Jesus because of His answer. He thought his next temptation would get Jesus' attention.

      He took Jesus up to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the highest point. Then Satan decided to repeat a verse from God's Word. He said to Jesus, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for God's Word says He will ask His angels to protect you and not allow any part of your body to be hurt."

      Jesus looked him straight in the eye and said, "God's Word says, 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test!"

      Satan thought to himself, "I'll try another temptation." Then he said out loud to Jesus, "Come with me to a high place. I will show you all the kingdoms of the world. If you worship me and not your God, I will give them to you."

      Jesus wasn't tricked by Satan's temptations. He said to him, "Again you are making a mistake. God's Word says, "Worship the Lord, your God and serve Him only."

      Satan was totally defeated. He knew he didn't stand a chance trying to tempt Jesus. He turned His back on Jesus and went away.

      Jesus was exhausted after all Satan had tried to do to Him. He was very tired. God sent His angels to give strength to Jesus.  Jesus had known that the only way to resist Satan was to know God's Word and it worked!

      When we are tempted to do wrong things, we should follow Jesus example and temptations will be easier to resist and eventually disappeared.

Activities:

Needed: Sandpaper, piece of rough wood 

Demonstration to show how temptations and difficulties make you a stronger and better person.

Fun exciting game

Throwing away your ball-sins to each other team.

Activities sheets / Puzzle, coloring pages, word search