Sunday September 20, 2020 | Jesus’ Temptation
Jesus’death and resurrection is the center of the gospel. In Adam, we were spiritually dead in sin, but Jesus died to pay for our sins. Jesus is alive! God gives new life to everyone who trusts in Jesus.
After Jesus was baptized, God’s Spirit led Him into the wilderness. Jesus stayed in the wilderness for many days.He prayed to God and thought about God’s plan for His life. Jesus did not eat anything while He was in the wilderness, and He was very hungry.The devil came to tempt Jesus. He tried to get Jesus to do wrong things. The devil said, “If You are really God’s Son, tell these stones to become bread.”If Jesus used His power to turn the stones into bread, He could eat the bread. Then He wouldn’t be hungry anymore. But Jesus said no. He trusted God to give Him what He needed. Then Jesus said, “This is what the Bible says: Man must not live only on bread, but on all the words that God says.”Jesus did not sin, so the devil tried again. He took Jesus to the top of the temple in Jerusalem. The devil said, “If You are really God’s Son, prove it. Jump off the top of the temple. God will protect You.”Then the devil said, “The Bible says God will order His angels to keep You safe, and they will protect You so that You will not even trip on a stone.” That is what Psalm 91 says in the Bible. Again, Jesus said no. Jesus knew the devil was trying to trick Him by misusing God’s words. The devil was being foolish. Jesus said, “The Bible also says, do not test God.”Finally, the devil took Jesus to a high mountain where they could see land stretched out far and wide. The kingdoms in the land were great. The devil said, “Look! I will give You all the money and power of these great kingdoms. All You have to do is fall down and worship me!”Jesus said no! “Go away!” He said. “The Bible says, only worship God and only serve God.”So the devil went away. Angels came to help Jesus and serve Him. In all of these things, Jesus never sinned.
Christ Connection: The devil tried to get Jesus to sin, but Jesus never sinned. Jesus always did the right thing. Jesus died on the cross to rescue us from sin. When we are tempted to sin, we can ask Jesus to help us say no to sin.
Babies and Toddlers
Activity 1: List sins on a chart-Encourage your child to name things that are sins. Write sins on chart paper or a dry erase board. Offer suggestions as needed. Be sure to include inward sins as well as external behaviors. (List sins in a generic way such as hitting other people instead of Mia hit Jeremiah.) SAY• Sin is anything we do, say, or think that goes against God. Sometimes sins hurt other people, sometimes they hurt us, but all sin makes God sad. We all sin. We make wrong choices such as disobeying our parents. We hurt our friends by saying or doing mean things. We think things that are angry and wrong. Jesus was tempted and never sinned. The devil tried to get Jesus to sin, but Jesus never sinned. Jesus always did the right thing. Jesus died on the cross to rescue us from sin. Because Jesus never sinned, God can forgive us for our sin. He can help us say no to sin when were are tempted too.
Activity 2: Temptation Target-Lead your child to decorate a paper plate to look like a target. Draw several circles, one inside the other. In each circle, write positive things to occupy time and attention. Decorate the plate as desired. Glue a popsicle stick cross in the “bullseye” section, to remind your child to keep Christ first and foremost.Using a piece of paper, write down things that might be tricky or tempting. Crumple the paper and use as “ammunition” to throw at the target. Plan on doing one of the positive options that the target offers, according to where the “dart” hits! SAY• No matter how many times Jesus had sin thrown at him by the devil, he never sinned. It is important that we always keep God at the center of our lives, so that we obey him and stay away from sin.
Have a Blessed Sunday!