1st Corinthians 10:13
Today is the fourth day of the Lent season. During these 40 lessons we will learn about the Ministry of Jesus Christ. After Jesus was Baptized and Before Jesus started His Ministry He spent 40 Days and Nights in the Desert.
Yesterday we learned about the first miracle from Jesus that is recorded. The Miracle happened after Jesus had spent the 40 days in the desert praying to God, and getting closer to knowing God's voice.
The number 40 is a special number in the Bible.
It signifies preparation for something special:
* The rain lasted for 40 days in the great flood (Genesis chapter 7)
* Moses stayed on the Mount Sinai 40 days (Exodus 24:18)
* Jonah gave the people of Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4)
* And, before starting His ministry, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert fasting and praying (Matthew 4:2)
Traditionally, Christians have seen the 40 days of Lent as an opportunity to parallel Jesus' 40 days in the desert. Jesus used this time to prepare for His ministry, and ultimately His death on a cross, by fasting and praying. As a tangible way of experiencing Jesus' 40 days in the desert, many Christians choose to fast during Lent, as a way of preparing to rejoice at the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter.
REF: Erika Baldwin
In this Bible story Jesus overcame several temptations. Not only did He overcome these temptations, He overcame them while He was physically weak. Jesus had been fasting in the desert for 40 days when Satan came to tempt Jesus. Satan tempted Jesus with great temptations, yet Jesus overcame the tests. Jesus is the ultimate example of how we should live our lives. When we read stories about Jesus we learn how we should handle every situation that we are faced with, including temptations.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Word of God is spiritual food for Christians. This concept is found in Matthew 4:4: "But He answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for this time of year that we remember what Jesus did for us so that we can become Your children, and live with you forever in heaven. Help us to learn more about You and Your Son from Your Word, the Bible. And help us to learn to say NO to sins and YES to obeying your commandments and spending more time with you. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Matthew 4:1-11 (New International Version, ©2011) Jesus is Tested in the Wilderness
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil.
2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.
6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Matthew 4:1 The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.
Matthew 4:4 Deut. 8:3
Matthew 4:6 Psalm 91:11,12
Matthew 4:7 Deut. 6:16
Matthew 4:10 Deut. 6:13
REF: Graph of Temptations in Gospels
Review: Lent Puzzle for Teachers and older children (pdf) or HTML
More Ideas and Links:
Story for Young Children on Jesus being Tempted at Childrens Chapel.org
The Old Testament and Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com