“The Temptation of Christ” Sunday School Lesson and Activities (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13, Mark 1:12-13)

These Sunday School Lessons are about Jesus’ Temptation and 40 days in the wilderness.. The Scripture references is Matthew 4:1-11 or Luke 4:1-13 For this week’s Sunday School lesson, we’ve included everything you need to teach. There are several options for this week’s lesson, all include complete teacher notes, craft examples, object lessons, a preschool version, coloring page, and worksheets.

Sunday School Lesson on the Temptation of Christ

Craft Activities about Jesus’ Temptation in the Desert

These crafts about the Temptation of Christ are included in the combined lessons above. Use these Bible craft ideas when teaching kids about the Temptation of Christ. They are perfect for Lent lessons in Sunday School or anytime you are teaching on Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. Download the printable directions, gather your supplies, and watch the instruction video below.

Young children might not easily understand the concept of temptation…they don’t always have the same temptations as adults, but certainly still sometimes fall sway to doing what they shouldn’t. The focus, then, is to communicate to kids how important it is to focus on positive things. These crafts aim to do just that. One is a “target practice” dart game, meant to distract young minds from negative elements and re-direct attention to things of God. The other craft is a simple vehicle for holding and keeping Bible verses, to remember that God’s Word is the true “bread” of our lives.

Object Lesson on Jesus’ Temptation

Children’s Sermon on the Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:1-11). Kids can understand the Temptation of Jesus. Use this object lesson to explain Matthew 4:1-11 during the children’s moment in your church on Sunday, March 1, 2020 (the first Sunday of Lent). Watch the example video and print the teaching notes below. Use it in your children’s ministry or Sunday School.

Main Objective: Young children might not be tempted by some of the same things that adults experience, but they can certainly understand the difficulty in doing what they should. The focus of this message is to briefly describe the concept of temptation, and to offer kids positive things on which to focus.  

Bible Story about Temptation of Christ for Kids

Based on Luke 4: 1-13 and Matthew 4:1-11

More Lessons and Activities on the Temptation of Christ

Lent Lesson and Activities for Children’s Ministry

See the Lent Bible lessons on Ministry-To-Children.com

Read how you can explain Lent to kids

Coloring Page: Lead us Not into Temptation

This printable Lead Us Not into Temptation coloring sheet for Sunday School or Children’s Ministry is from the free Lord’s Prayer coloring book on Ministry-To-Children.com

Coloring Page: Lead us Not into TemptationPin

Matthew 4:1-11 International Children’s Bible (ICB) The Temptation of Jesus

Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Jesus ate nothing for 40 days and nights. After this, he was very hungry. The devil came to Jesus to tempt him. The devil said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these rocks to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written in the Scriptures, ‘A person does not live only by eating bread. But a person lives by everything the Lord says.’”

Then the devil led Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem. He put Jesus on a very high place of the Temple. The devil said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off. It is written in the Scriptures,

‘He has put his angels in charge of you.
    They will catch you with their hands.
And you will not hit your foot on a rock.’” Psalm 91:11-12

Jesus answered him, “It also says in the Scriptures, ‘Do not test the Lord your God.’”

Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. He showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and all the great things that are in those kingdoms. The devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things.”

10 Jesus said to the devil, “Go away from me, Satan! It is written in the Scriptures, ‘You must worship the Lord your God. Serve only him!’”

11 So the devil left Jesus. And then some angels came to Jesus and helped him.


  1. 4:4 ‘A person . . . says.’ Quotation from Deuteronomy 8:3.
  2. 4:7 ‘Do . . . God.’ Quotation from Deuteronomy 6:16.
  3. 4:10 ‘You . . . him!’ Quotation from Deuteronomy 6:13.

International Children’s Bible (ICB) The Holy Bible, International Children’s Bible® Copyright© 1986, 1988, 1999, 2015 by Tommy Nelson™, a division of Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.

Temptation of Jesus Christ Bible Story Reference: Luke 4:1-13 ESV

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’”

9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,  to guard you,’11 and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.     –Luke 4:1-13

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