This Week in SojournKids: The Temptation of Jesus

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We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus with a declaration of approval. From there God sent Jesus into the wilderness. After fasting for 40 days Satan came to tempt Jesus. It is important for us to remember that there is nothing that we experience that Jesus has not endured Himself. There is a big difference though. When we are tempted we often sin. Jesus was tempted, but He never sinned.

Opening/Ice Breaker: What does it mean to be tempted? (Wanting to do something you shouldn’t do.) Have you ever been tempted to do something? What was it? Why did you want to do that thing? Were there any consequences? This week we learned about Jesus being tempted. We learned that Satan tried to get Jesus to sin. Jesus was tempted but He never sinned.

Read Matthew 4:1-11

Questions/Apply it:

  • Where was Jesus? (Jesus was in three places. The wilderness, the top of the temple, and on a mountain.)
  • What did the Devil tempt Jesus to do? (To turn stones to bread, to throw himself down from the temple, and to worship Satan.)
  • How did Jesus respond? (Jesus responds by quoting scripture.)
  • God knows that we will be tempted by many things in our lives, and he has given us a powerful weapon to help us fight against it. Do you know what it is? (It’s God’s Word. The Bible.) God’s Word reminds us of what is true, even when Satan tries to tempt us to forget it.

Pray: Dear God, we thank you for your Word. What a powerful weapon it is in the face of temptation. Thank you for sending your Son to earth to be an example. Thank you for your love and grace. Amen.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.

Memory Verse: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 8