The Temptation of Jesus

Watch on YouTube/read the Bible story online

Matthew 4: 1-11


The “temptations” are for Jesus to work in the wrong sort of way: his way was not to perform magic tricks or seize power for himself. Maybe these were thoughts going on in Jesus’s head as he remembered what had just happened (baptism) and what was about to start (the beginning of his ministry). The story comes straight after a voice from heaven says “This is my Son, the Beloved”. People called the Roman emperor (who wanted to take all the kingdoms of the world) “Son of God”, so it was dangerous to call Jesus this.

People thought that spirits haunted wilderness areas. The names “devil” and “Satan” mean someone who accuses, or speaks against you (like an opposing lawyer in a courtroom).

40 days and 40 nights is how long it rained in the flood story, how long Moses spent on the mountain hearing God’s law and how long the prophet Elijah was in the wilderness after an angel fed him. The people spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness after escaping from slavery in Egypt.

The “holy city” is Jerusalem. We don’t know which bit of the temple was the “pinnacle”, but there was a long drop into the valley below — maybe twice as high as Tower Bridge in London.


Icebreaker/quickbuild  Make an object – we will tell you what you have to create and give you five minutes to work on it!
Story/home Make your way into church. We will read the first prayer (laminated sheets) and listen to the story.

Refreshments are served!
/temptation You have 20 minutes or so to build something in response to the story, either on your own, or team up with others.  Some ideas:
·         Make the scene of Jesus’ temptation – a high building, or a desert with rocks that look like bread, or a view of riches
·         Build something that would help you resist temptation – a locked room around some sweets for example
·         How do you know when something is a temptation or the right thing to do? Build a maze where your friends have to make difficult choices to find the right path
If you don’t fancy building you can go back to the home village (/home) and read the story again in the church, or read some of the other stories in the library, or you might want to just explore the world, or work on your house.
WonderWhile you are creating, think about these questions with the adults on your table.
I Wonder: 
·         which part of this story you like the best?
·         what part is the most important?
·         where you are in this story or what part of the story is about you?
·         if there is any part of this story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
There are many other things that can make us WONDER – what are you thinking about?
Final Prayer/home Back to the church for our final prayer (laminated sheet)
Dance/home We’ll put some music on and let your Minecraft characters dance about using jumping or emotes!
GamesFree play while the adults tidy up!!