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The Story of Jesus' Wilderness Temptation

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"I'm going to GET you!" laughed Nina, as she chased her little sister around the sofa.

Savanna giggled as she ran.

Usually the sun shone bright and hot, but the past few summer days had been stormy. The girls had played board games, and colored, and read stories. Their mom had helped them bake cookies.

Today, it was STILL raining and Mom had to go to the doctor, so Mrs. Murphy was staying with them. It wasn't as much fun having a babysitter as having Mom with them, so the girls were making their own fun.

Broken dish Round and round the sofa they ran. It was such fun...UNTIL Savanna bumped into the end table, and the candy dish crashed to the floor.

"WHAT'S GOING ON IN THERE, GIRLS?" Mrs. Murphy called from the kitchen table.

"Nothing!" the girls shouted together.

"Let's hide the broken pieces in the trash can," suggested Savanna.

"I think Mom will notice that it isn't here," replied her sister. "I think we should just TELL her what happened."

"We could tell her that Mrs. Murphy bumped into the table and broke it!" Savanna said in a whisper.

"No, Savanna," Nina said with a smile, as she hugged her little sister. "We CAN'T lie to Mom about the dish. She won't get mad if we tell the truth."

Just then, the front door opened, and their mom came into the living room.

"Oh, dear! What HAPPENED here?" she asked.

Children running

John the Baptist had just baptized his cousin Jesus in the
Jordan River John the Baptist had just baptized his cousin Jesus in the Jordan River. God, the Father, was SO well pleased,

He TOLD Him so,

straight from heaven,

in a voice SO loud,

everybody around Him heard it:


The Bible says that right after Jesus was baptized, while He was still wet and had just come up out of the water, the heavens above him opened straight up and the most beautiful thing happened.

animated dove

As Jesus looked up, He saw God's Holy Spirit coming down right out of the heavens. As a matter of fact, the Holy Spirit landed smack on top of Him, in the beautiful form of a dove.

Hot sun The sun beat down HOT on the desert wilderness. Jesus had listened when the Spirit of God spoke to Him. Far into the country He had walked, leaving His friends and His family behind. After a few days, He saw no travelers. Jesus was ALL ALONE in the wilderness. He prayed and listened to His Father God.

For forty days and forty nights, He didn't eat. At the end of that time, He was very, very hungry. The devil came and tempted Him by saying, "If you are the Son of God, COMMAND that these stones be made bread."

Could Father God turn those stones into bread? Of course, He could...if Jesus had asked!

But Jesus said, "IT IS WRITTEN, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out from the mouth of God."

* * *

The devil wasn't going to go away so easily, so he took Jesus into the holy city and set Him on a top corner of the temple. The temple was VERY, very tall. Would you hurt yourself if you fell off your house? Well, this temple was MUCH taller than your house. As Jesus stood up on that temple, He looked down at the ground far below Him.

Very high temple The devil said, "Now if You really are the Son of God, cast yourself down." This time the devil quoted a Bible verse: "FOR IT IS WRITTEN, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash Your foot against a stone."

Jesus answered back: "IT IS WRITTEN AGAIN, that you shall not tempt the Lord thy God." Jesus knew God's Word WELL.

* * *

Finally, the devil took Jesus up a very, very high mountain. He showed Him all the kingdoms of the world with all their beauty and wealth.

What a sight that must have been!

The devil told Jesus, "All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me."

The devil had the power to do this for he rules over the earth.

Begone DevilAngels came to minister to Him

This time, Jesus said to Satan, "Begone, devil! FOR IT IS WRITTEN, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shall you serve."

With this, the devil left Jesus, and the next thing He could see, was the comforting sight of angels coming to minister to Him and care for Him.

Children running


  1. Something wonderful happened the day Jesus was baptized. What was it?
  2. Where did Jesus go as He walked?
  3. How long did Jesus fast or go without food?
  4. How many times did Satan tempt Jesus?
  5. Jesus answered the devil the same way all three times. What did Jesus say to the devil?
  6. Can you think of a time when you were tempted?
  7. What did you do?
  8. What should you have done?
  9. Who can help you when you are tempted?


When you find yourself tempted, call on Jesus to help you through it.


"...Pray that ye enter not into temptation" (Luke 22:40).


Dog and boy praying

Loving God, we praise You for this day and every day.
Many times we are tempted to do things that we
KNOW we should not do. Help us to resist doing those
things that we know would not please You.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Matthew 3:13-17; 4:1-11
Mark 1:9-13
Luke 3:21,22; 4:1-13
John 1:31-34



Coloring Page with Bible Verse

Bible Story Cards Coloring Book - New Testament
Children's Bible Coloring Books
My Bible Coloring Book (Shirley Dobson)


Bible Verse Treasure Hunt
Make Your Own Bible Game
Puppet Crafts For Kids
Craft Ideas For Any Story
Bible Crafts On A Shoestring Budget (Ages 5-10)
Big Book of Bible Crafts (Ages 3-12)
Encyclopedia Of Bible Crafts For Preschoolers
Praise God with a Paper Plate (PreK-Grade 2)
Really Big Book Of Cool Crafts For Kids w/CD-Ages 4-12 (Reproducible)
Children's Crafts & Hobbies


Fill In the Blanks
The Temptation of Christ
Jesus Is Tempted Activities (Acrobat Reader Required)
Best Book of Bible Activities
Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry
The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry
Amazing Bible Mazes
Memory Verse Games for Kids (Take Me Through the Bible Series)
Big Book Of Bible Puzzles (Reproducible)
Bible Puzzles: Word Search
Big Book Of Bible Story Activity Pages V1 (Gospel Light Big Books)
Jumbo Bible Activity Book 4
Christian and educational toys
Children's Activity Books
Children's Puzzles
Crossword Books
Sticker Books

Bible Word Search



Use drafting tape or chalk to draw a hopscotch grid on the floor.
Tape the Bible verse words into the grids. Have students jump
through the hopscotch in order while saying the verse.

Hum or replace a song's words with "la-la" notes.
The first person to name that tune leads the class in singing it.

Action Bible Songs (Cedarmont Kids)
Matthew Songs for Young Singers
25 Favorite Sunday School Songs (Veggie Tales)
100 Singalong Bible Songs for Kids (Cedarmont Kids)
Bible Songs
Sunday School Songs
Children's Music

Musical notes

Pilgrim's Progress Game

Cut two pieces of fabric into large rectangles.
Cut a hole in the middle to slip over the head.
Use a long piece of fabric for a tie.

Let one child play the part of the devil and one
play the part of Jesus and reenact the Bible Lesson.
The other children should be told to listen carefully
to see if they detect any mistakes, then after the
skit is over questions can be asked and a discussion
could take place.

Why Did Jesus Get Tempted By The Devil?

Sword Drill

Gorilla eating banana
Have a food tasting game where kids are blindfolded
(or just close their eyes) and try different foods,
being tempted not to try them, but trade them for
the next item to try. Bananas, pickles, crackers, etc.

child reading a book

Jesus' Baptism and Temptation (Arch Books)
Come, Touch the Water
365 Activities For Kids:
A Bible Story And Activity For Each Day Of The Year

100 Bible Stories 100 Bible Songs w/2 CD
Baby's First Bible
Beginner's Bible
Bible in Pictures For Toddlers
Bible stories
Early Reader's Bible
Five Minute Devotions for Children (ages 4-8)
Little Hands Story Bible
The Children's Illustrated Bible
The Preschoolers Bible
Toddlers Bible
Pilgrim's Progress Comic
Children's Books
Spanish Children's Books
The Picture Bible (also in Spanish)

birds singing

When Mr. Satan knocks at my heart's door,
And says, "May I come in?"
I say, "No! No!" for Jesus loves me so,
And He took away my sin.
Then he turns around and runs away.
I hope he's gone away to stay.
When Mr. Satan knocks at my heart's door,
I just say, "No! No! No!"

Listen to tune here

CDs and Videos

Read and Share Ultimate Bible Storybook with 2 DVDs
Children's DVDs
Miracles of Jesus (Nest Family)
What's in the Bible DVD 10: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
God's Story from Creation to Eternity (listen & watch online)
The Jesus Film (watch online)
The Story of Jesus: I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Bible story DVDs
Children's DVDs


God...Should I Be Baptized?
Almost Every Answer for Practically Any Teacher (Bruce Wilkinson)
Bible Memory Games (Creative Bible Activities for Children)
Bible Story Coloring Pages Vol. 2 (Reproducible)
Bus Ministry Still Works Today!
The Jesus Storybook Bible Curriculum Kit
801 Questions Kids Ask About God (Focus on the Family)
Absentee Postcards
African American Resources
Bible Crafts and Activities for Any Story
Big Book of Bible Games (Gospel Light)
Bulletin Board helps
Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul
Children's Church Resources
Children's Sermon
Church Nanny Sos: Teaching Discipline Essentials for Preschool Ministry Volunteers
Church Supplies
Closing Prayer
FREE materials to Bible schools, Bible colleges, seminaries, churches, missionaries & individuals worldwide
52 Games That Teach The Bible
Free educational videos
God's Servants Teach Me (Instant Bible Lessons)
God's Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs
Help! I'm a Sunday School Teacher (Focus on the Family)
How To Lead a Child To Christ
King James Version Award Bibles
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings
Lord Teach Me To Pray For Kids (Kay Arthur)
Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours
Memory Verse Ideas
Memory Verse Resources
Object Talks
Opening Prayer
Pray & Play Bible for Young Children
Puppet Scripts
Resources for Teachers
Seven Laws of the Learner (Bruce Wilkinson)
Spanish Resources
Sunday School Attendance Boosters: 165 Fresh Ideas
Sunday school resources
Talking to God (Instant Bible Lessons)
Teachers' Reproducible Classroom Pages
Teaching children
Teaching Children Memory Verses Ages 4-5
Teaching Children To Pray Ages 4-5
Teaching to Change Lives (by Howard Hendrickss)
The Big Book of Bible Skits
Things To Make Craft Activities
Vacation Bible School
What Every Sunday School Teacher Should Know
(by Elmer Towns)

Children's resources


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