Sunday School Lesson “The Temptation of Christ” from Matthew 4:1-11

These Sunday School Lessons are about Jesus’ Temptation and 40 days in the wilderness.. The Scripture references is Matthew 4:1-11. 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. Use it in your children’s ministry this Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Sunday School Lesson on the Temptation of Christ


Craft Ideas about Jesus’ Temptation

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.  

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


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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 Temptation

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.

Footnotes:

  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.

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