Jesus Tempted in the Desert (Lent 5)
Bible: Matthew 4:1-11
Lesson: Place some kind of food that kids love to eat in the middle of the table within arms reach of the children. Like some yummy cookies with bright decorations. (Be considerate of allergies some children may have. There is a recipe for allergy-free cookies in the appendix.) Welcome the children. Sing and pray like normal. Lovingly describe the yummy looking cookies to the children. Tell them that fasting is choosing to not do something right now to glorify Jesus. “Do you want these cookies? You may have one later but not right now.” I want to tell you about someone else that was fasting from food. After Jesus was baptized, he went into the desert and didn’t eat anything for 40 days. That is a long time. When is the last time you ate anything? Are you hungry? Jesus was very hungry. When he was very, very hungry the devil came to tempt him three times. But the Words of God protected Jesus. The devil even tried to get Jesus to change a stone into bread, right now! Because Jesus was hungry, right now.” Show the children a rock. Jesus is God’s son. He could turn this rock into bread, but he chose to wait on God. “Jesus said, ‘It is written, Man doesn’t live only on bread. He also lives on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ What is the definition of fasting? –Choosing to not do something right now to glorify Jesus. This is how you fast for Jesus.”
Fasting: choosing to not do something right now to glorify Jesus.
For God: Every time you think of that thing, “Pray and give it to God.”
Adore: Choose something you adore. The more you love it the more you will think/pray to God.
Secret: The bible says not to make faces or complain. It is a choice for God. (Be sure to tell your parents.)
Time: Choose a time, for us it is lent.
1. Fasting is: choosing to not do something right now to glorify Jesus.
2. God’s Words give us life. (Like bread feeds our bodies, God’s Words feed our souls.)
Direction: Print out Jesus Fasting in the Desert and Jesus Fasting Hand one for each child. (There are two hands in the Jesus Fasting Hand, just one is needed per child.) Cut out hand, being sure to cut the fingers apart. Glue the palm of the hand to the palm of the hand on the Jesus Fasting in the Desert page. Be sure to put the yummy cookies out to teach the lesson. Have the children color the page after they are finished with their cookie.
Materials: yummy looking cookies (allergy free recipe in the appendix), scissors, glue, a rock or stone and colors.
Jesus Desert Fasting (Click to download the pdfs)