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36. Jesus Is Perfect

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Materials Needed

  • two puppets representing Jesus and Satan (you can substitute stuffed animals or dolls)
  • table
  • blanket
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • marker
  • Magazine
  • glue

Setting The Stage

Beforehand read Matthew 4:1-11. During the devotional explain to the children that we are all tempted to do wrong things at one time or another. Jesus was tempted also, but he did not yield because he is perfect. We can learn from Jesus.

Project

Set up: Put your puppets and script behind a table that has been covered with a blanket. The blanket will give you privacy and make it look more like a puppet theater. Place Jesus on one hand and Satan on the other. Make sure your hands are raised high enough above the table top so the children, who are sitting in front of the blanket can see the puppets.

Note: You may use the Jesus puppet to introduce the Jesus section.

Jesus:

(in the center of the stage) I have been here in the desert for 40 days praying to God. I am very hungry because I have not eaten anything for these 40 days.

Satan:

I see that you are hungry, Jesus. Well, I know you can do anything so why don’t you just turn those stones to bread and then you can eat them.

Jesus:

Tempter, you know the Bible says, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” That means that I did not move out here to the desert to eat but to pray and to listen to God, so stop tempting me to eat.

Satan:

(moving to the right side of the table) Well, just come with me for a minute to this church. Let’s go up to this high point on the church. We sure are up high. Hey, you are God, so why don’t you jump down from here and let the angels catch you so you won’t get hurt?

Jesus:

Tempter, the Bible says, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” I would be testing God by doing something like that and you know that I can’t do that, so stop tempting me.

Satan:

(moving to the left side of the table) Well, I just want to show you one more thing. Let’s go up to the top of this mountain and take a look at the world. Sure is big. You know I have been put in charge of the world. That is why I am called the Prince of this World. If you bow down and worship me, I will give this whole world to you.

Jesus:

Get away from me Tempter, for it is written in the Bible, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” You are not God and I would never worship you.

Satan:

Well. I can’t make you do anything wrong. Let’s see, there must be someone else that I could tempt into doing something wrong. See you Jesus. (waves good-bye and drops behind the table)

Jesus:

(turning to the children) The Tempter didn’t get me to do anything wrong. One of the ways that I stopped him was by saying a Bible verse. That is why it’s so important to learn. Let’s try it right now:

  • One of your friends tells you to lie to your mom so you won’t get into trouble. What Bible verse should you say to your friend to let him/her know that you won’t lie? (Wait for answer - if they get it right say “Super!” - if they get it wrong, make this suggestion “Do not lie”.)
    Here, take another try.
  • Your mother wants you to clean your room but the little voice inside you says “No”! What verse should you say that will help you obey your mother? (Wait again for the answer” Children obey your parents”.)

Jesus:

See, there are lots of verses that will help you learn to stop the Tempter from making you do something wrong. It would make me happy if you could learn to be more like me!! See you later. (Wave good-bye to the children and drop behind the table.)

Memory Verse

James 4:7b
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Instructions:

1. Write the memory verse in large letters on a piece of construction paper. Leave a large blank spot for each of the following words: Resist, Devil and Flee.

2. Take a magazine and look for three pictures that best describe these three words. Cut out these pictures and glue them in the appropriate blanks on the construction paper.

3. Go over the verse together, showing the children how the pictures stand for words. Hang it on your fridge for the week and review the verse at meal times.

Magazine Picture Examples:

Resist- (not cooperating or arguing) child pushing something / stubborn looking person

Devil- (Satan, Tempter) angry ‘evil’ look on a face / black or dark color

Flee- (run away, leave) child running away / car driving away

Prayer

Have each person choose one area in which he / she is easily tempted. Then have everyone pray about this area, asking God to ...

  • help them learn to be more like Jesus.
  • help them learn Bible verses so they can use a verse when they are being tempted to do some thing wrong.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

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