The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
January 2 – January 30, 2005
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-4:11, Mark 1:9-13 and Luke 3:21-22 and 4:1-13
Key Scripture Verses: Matthew 3:15. Jesus answered, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” (CEV)
Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin! Hebrews 4:15 (CEV)
Offering: Hospice of
· God calls us to be baptized to show that we are God’s children.
· The spirit of God affirmed that Jesus was the Son of God.
· Although human, Jesus did not give into temptation – he was obedient to God.
· When tempted, we can call on God and turn to God’s word for help.
1. Understand that baptism represents a pledge by parents and the congregation and any adult who is being baptized that the life of the person being baptized will be dedicated to living in obedience to God.
2. Know that God affirmed Jesus as his Son with the sign of his Holy Spirit.
3. Recognize that the purity, peacefulness and simplicity of the dove, in contrast to all the temptations offered to Jesus, show us what is important to God.
4. Children will create a dove decorated doorknob hanger to remind them to live in obedience of God.
Welcome and Introductions:
1. Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Wear your nametag. Make sure that everyone is in the right classroom! Children will either already have name tags on, or will get a nametag from their shepherd. Make sure that you know everyone’s name and greet the students individually. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you.
2. Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Perhaps: Dear Lord, may our lives be made pure by the presence of the Holy Spirit and may we live as you would like us to. Amen.
1. Today’s lesson is made up of two stories told in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The stories are opposites. One tells us what pleases God, and the other tells us what is selfish and not God centered. The story of Jesus’ baptism tells us that when Jesus was a grown man, he went to be baptized by John. You probably know that John was a man who had moved to the wilderness and wore clothes made from camel’s hair and ate only the food that he could gather. He had taken himself away from unnecessary things in order to be closer to God. John was a holy man who thought that Jesus should be baptizing him. Jesus knew that God had planned for John to baptize him and said, “For now this is how it should be, because we must do all that God wants us to do.” Then John agreed and obediently baptized Jesus. After Jesus was baptized, the sky opened up, and Holy Spirit of God came down upon him in the form of a dove. A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”
2. The second story tells us about Jesus being tempted. After Jesus’ baptism, the Holy Spirit led him to the desert where he was tested and tempted to be sure that he was ready to be God’s messenger. For forty days Jesus fasted, eating very little. As any man would be, he was hungry, lonely and suffering from living in the desert heat and cold with wild animals about. If you think back to the Christmas story that we studied last month, you will remember that before Jesus’ birth his parents were told that the Lord God would make Jesus king as his ancestor David was. After his birth, wise men worshipped Jesus and gave him gifts that were fit for a king. Remembering these stories, Jesus may have been tempted to have earthly riches like all the food and power he wanted and all the wealth that a kingdom could offer.
3. This time in the desert was right before Jesus began his work preaching God’s word, teaching us how to live and treat other people. Because Jesus was God’s son, he knew he had special powers to perform miracles. But, he did not choose to use them for his own selfish purposes. Like the dove that came at his baptism, he remained pure, peaceful and gentle and lived a simple life. The temptations of turning stones into food, flying through the air or having people worship him as a king were selfish things and Jesus answered each challenge with verses that he had memorized from the Bible. He knew that he should only use God’s powers to preach, teach, heal and feed others. Creating extra food, fame and power for himself were the wrong ways to act. Jesus said, “Don’t try to test the Lord your God.” By being loyal and obedient to God, Jesus proved that he was prepared to serve God as minister to the world.
1. Create! READ the Bible story (1-3 above) with expression.
2. Show the samples. Doorknob hangers will be decorated with a dove and words or other decorations symbolic of Jesus’ life. They are to remind us as we leave our rooms that we are to live as God’s children. The dove, a bird that is pure, simple, peaceful and gentle will be used the represent the Holy Spirit. Show the sample (these are not to be used as patterns) drawings of doves and point out that there are many ways to show a dove – no particular way is better than another.
3. Pass out scraps of colored sheet foam, pencils and scissors. Each child should select a colored doorknob hanger. They should draw a dove of their choosing on a scrap of white foam. Other shapes and/or words should be drawn on contrasting scraps and all should be cut out with scissors and arranged as desired.
4. Steps: Collect scissors, pencils and scraps and distribute tacky glue. Tell the children to spread a small amount of glue on the back of each cut out shape and press it down before going on to the next shape.
5. Clean up! Involve everyone in cleaning up so that you will have time to share together in the closing. You may want to have a prearranged signal for clean up and tell them at beginning of art project what that will be - perhaps giving them a 5 minute warning and then the final clean up notice to allow those who need a bit more warning that they need to complete whatever they are working on.
7. Turn out lights and lock the classroom door when leaving. At the end of the rotation, return samples to the Faith Quest file.
1. Ask the shepherds to pass out Journals and pencils/markers. The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning's lesson – What did the dove represent at Jesus’ baptism? What tests did Jesus struggle with? What helped him to resist temptation? Do you think that the temptations Jesus faced make him able to understand your problems when you pray to him? What are some temptations that you have?
2. At 10:40 ask the kids to close their journals and prepare for the closing prayer.
1. Encourage them to remember that when tempted, we can pray to God and read our Bibles to learn how to live.
2. Tell them that their Pennies will be given to Hospice of Wake County.
3. Say the Key Memory Verse together (see above). You may want to have this verse printed on a banner and hung in the room, write it on the white board in the room, or have it on slips of paper that each child can take home.
4. Pray! Ask the children if they have any prayer requests. Ask God to teach us through Scripture and guide and strengthen us through prayer so that we may make the right choices in our lives. Help us to avoid temptation and obey as Jesus did.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passage and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Workshop.
2. Practice reading the Bible story (above) with expression.
3. Prepare an opening prayer in case nobody volunteers to pray.
4. Check the art room and the supply closet to see what supplies exist.
5. Experiment with what the children will be doing.
6. Prepare all the materials you will need for the creation process. Have the materials ready to go. There will be limited time for the creation process, so do everything you can to conserve time.
7. Decide how you want to close the lesson. Prepare a prayer or ask for suggestions.
Doorknob hangers (assorted colors – but not white)
White Foam scraps