Lesson: Jesus Battles The Devil and Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11)

Children’s Church Lesson: Jesus Battles The Devil

Text: Matthew 4:1-11

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, children will demonstrate knowledge of the three temptations of the Devil used against Jesus … by choosing them from a list of possible answers.

Target Age: Kindergarten – 5th

Download: Jesus Battles The Devil and Temptation

Items Needed:

  • Marked Bible for this passage. Prepare the copy in advance by highlighting the significant points to emphasize. Underlining words or ideas that will need additional explanation. I typically make small notes in the margin.

Explanation: This passage is often overlooked in children’s curriculum. But it is a great chance to show the importance of memorizing scripture. It also shows the how weak the Devil is compared to Jesus.

Bible Lesson Teaching Plan


Who was the first person the Devil ever tricked? What happened? What was God going to do about it? Remind the children that when Adam sinned it brought death into the world. It made all of Adam’s children (that’s us) to be enemies of God. But God was sending Jesus to save sinners. So the Devil was trying to trick Jesus more than anyone else – ever!


Active Listening: Say, “Today we are going to learn about the time Jesus battled the Devil. This story is from Matthew 4. I want you to listen carefully for the three tricks the devil tries to use on Jesus and how God’s Son fights back.

Read (and summarize) Matthew 4:1-11. (Read with emotion and pause often to engage the children with the reading.) Remind the children that Jesus knew his special mission to die on the cross. But if Jesus fell into sin he could not save us! So Jesus always had to obey God. Be sure to emphasize the three tricks you asked the children to listen for:

  1. Stones to bread – not trusting God, not waiting for God.
  2. Jump off the Temple – wanting to get famous.
  3. Get all the kingdoms by worshiping the devil – wanting to get power.

Ask for reports. The children should be able to repeat back the three points you emphasized. Say, “This story shows us how Jesus used his fighter verses (memory verses) to fight against the Devils tricks.”

Matching: Match Jesus response to the right temptation. Read the response Jesus gave and have the children recall which trick he was fighting.

  • You shall worship to Lord your God and him only shall you serve. #3
  • You shall not put the Lord your God to the test. #2
  • Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. #1

Test: Ask the children to stand up if the tricks you read were the one’s that Jesus had to battle in the story. If not from the story have them cross their arms.

  • Turn these stones into break.
  • Turn this water into wine.
  • Jump off the temple.
  • Do not obey your parents.
  • Get power over all the kingdoms by worshiping the Devil.

Look: Ask the children to think of some tricks the Devil might use on people they know.

Took:  How can they fight against these tricks?

  • Use fighter verses
  • Ask Jesus for help, he already beat the Devil

Need more help? Browse my free Children’s Church Curriculum or Sunday School Lessons. You can also find many Bible crafts online.


  1. Jeannette W says

    I enjoy using your ministry lessons. Although it is designed with children in mind, it helps me understand the simplicity
    of ministry. Thank you for allowing God to use all of you in a mighty way.

  2. milca Bosco says

    I am from Argentina, our pastor preached about this passage last Sunday at church. i wanted to continue with this teachings in our children cell group so this lesson came handy. I would make an special emphasis in the first part of the temptation saying that Jesus put God in first place before food, and in this way he set us an example to get thing in order. Children and adults are likely to seek God at the very end of the day when we are tired and even we tend to forget about him. Lets put God in first place… Amen

  3. Elizabeth Daby says

    I’m going to use this lesson on Sunday with my pre-K-2nd graders. I love the idea of the “fighter verses” because I have a lot of boys! I am going to cut out boxing glove shapes that they can put the verses on for a craft. Thank you!

  4. Dawn says

    I really appreciate the time and effort that you have put into providing well rounded lessons. While I have to make a few tweeks for my group/ages, it has been an incredible resource.

  5. nick viyar says

    I’M from the Philippines. I teach bible lessons to juvenile delinquents in a special detention house. These lessons are indeed very useful for me and beneficial to them. I adapt them to our setting and situation. Thank you for sharing. God bless your ministry even more.

  6. doug says

    This is the first time I have come across your lessons, and there is something I would do with this one a bit differently. This passage demonstrates Jesus being obedient in the wilderness where the people of Israel had failed. The point is that, while we sin, He is obedient in our place. Too often we think of Jesus’ work as being limited to His death on the cross, but His dying for our sins is only half the work, the other half is His obedience for us. If our sins are forgiven, that still leaves us where Adam and Eve started, we need to be positively righteous before God. So Jesus lived and obedient life, maintaining perfection in the very places where we often sin, and His obedience is credited to us. Our sin is placed on Him, His sinlessness is placed on us. The other thing is that Jesus is the “True Israel.” Again, He is obedient in the wilderness where the people of Israel failed.

  7. Bree says

    you lessons are easy and are very helpful. i have been looking for a website for childrens bible lessons and your is the best it makes it easy fun and educational. thankyou truly appreciated :))

  8. Megpoo2 says

    i love god!!!!! he is like the greatest man to walk on this earth i have a class of 4-7 and it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  9. sarah says

    These lessons are so useful, I really really appreciate them – thankyou and God bless you

  10. Myra says

    Thanks for these lessons! Such a great help for a new teacher like me. God bless!

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