JESUS' Temptation

Bible Passage: Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4

Story Point: Jesus was tempted and never sinned.

Key Passage: “He must become greater; I must become less.”John 3:30

What is God Like: God is holy.

CHRIST CONNECTION: 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.








Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here's one for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:

  • How do you decide if something is right or wrong?

  • Have they ever known what the right thing to do was, but still wanted to do something different?

  • What happened?



  1. What did the devil tell Jesus to do to the stones? (tell them to become bread)

  2. What did the devil tell Jesus to do on top of the temple? (jump off)

  3. What did the devil tell Jesus to do on the high mountain? (worship him)

  4. Did Jesus do what the devil told Him to do? (no)

  5. Did Jesus sin? (No, Jesus never sinned.)

  6. Who is holy? (God)


  1. 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)

  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)

  3. How did Jesus fight against temptation? (Jesus quoted Scripture to remember what is true; Matt. 4:4,7,10)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.



remembrance rocks

WHAT YOU NEED: rock (you can find this together too), sharpie that will show up on rock or paint.

WHAT TO DO: Provide each kid a medium-sized rock. Use permanent marker to write the story point or a favorite Bible verse reference on the stone. Younger kids can draw a heart or cross to remember God’s love for them.

WHAT YOU SAY: The devil tried to convince Jesus to put His human needs before His obedience to God. Jesus was tempted and never sinned. Instead of turning stones into bread to eat, Jesus used God’s Word to defeat the devil. These remembrance rocks can help us remember to fight temptation so we can glorify Jesus with our lives.

play-doh scene creation

WHAT YOU NEED: play-doh

WHAT YOU DO: Invite each child to use play-doh (or other supplies on hand) to recreate part of the story. Have them share their creation and re-tell the part of the story they created.

WHAT YOU SAY: Encourage your child with their creations. Remind them that Just like the devil tried to trick Jesus to sin, the devil wants us to sin too. We can turn to God for help to say no to sin. God gives us power through the Holy Spirit to resist temptation.



WHAT YOU DO: Place a bookmark at John 3:30. Invite child to open your Bible to the key passage. Read the key passage aloud. Take turns with each line of the passage. Have the adult say the first phrase of the key passage, the child to finish the verse and both to say the reference. Change parts.

He [Point up towards heaven.] must become greater [Move hands apart.] I [Point to yourself with both thumbs.] must become less [Move hands together.]

WHAT YOU SAY: He in our key passage is Jesus. John the Baptist said these words about Jesus. We can also say these words about Jesus and ourselves. Jesus is most important. He is the only One who ever obeyed God perfectly. We look to Him to save us, not anything we can do.


"He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30


play worship songs

WHAT YOU NEED: phone, youTube, worship songs from this page.

WHAT YOU DO: Play several of your favorite worship songs. Provide rhythm instruments for children to play as they sing.

WHAT YOU SAY: I love hearing you worship God! The devil tempted Jesus and told Jesus that he would give Jesus money and power if Jesus would worship him. Jesus said, “No!” Jesus was tempted and never sinned. Jesus knew that God is the one who created the whole world. He loves us, and is the only One worthy of our worship! One way we worship God is to sing praises to Him.


WHAT YOU NEED: building materials (legos, blocks, stacking cups, etc.)

WHAT YOU DO: Invite babies, toddlers or preschoolers to stack blocks to represent the temple or the mountain. Talk about the Bible story.

WHAT YOU SAY: The devil took Jesus to a high place to tempt Him. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, but JESUS OBEYED GOD’S PLAN. Jesus helps us when we are tempted.

wash rocks

WHAT YOU NEED: rocks, stones, etc. (make sure they aren’t easy to choke on)

WHAT TO DO: Provide smooth, hand-sized stones, a small bin of water, clean toothbrushes, and washcloths for toddlers to clean rocks. Retell the Bible story.

WHAT TO SAY: Jesus was tempted in the wilderness. Jesus was very hungry, and the devil wanted Jesus to turn rocks into bread. JESUS OBEYED GOD’S PLAN. Jesus always did what was right.




Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.

  • What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

  • What does the story teach me about myself?

  • Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?

  • Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?

  • What characteristics of God do I see in this story?

  • What does the story teach me about people around me?

  • If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?

talking to kids about the gospel...

Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids

A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!

B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.

C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.