Hey BridgeKids Families!
After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness. Jesus fasted for 40 days, and He was hungry. There in the wilderness, the Devil, who is the agent of temptation and father of lies, appeared to Jesus. The Devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Open your Bibles to Matthew 4:1-11. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them.
If You are the Son of God? The Devil knew who Jesus is. He challenged Jesus to prove it. The Devil wanted to ruin God’s plan of redemption which was set in motion in Genesis 3. In the garden of Eden, Satan used a seemingly innocent question to arouse doubt in Eve: “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen. 3:1). Adam and Eve ate the fruit God had forbidden them to eat, and sin entered the world.
Jesus came to reverse the curse, to succeed where Adam failed. The Devil’s aim was to use a similar trick as in Eden to get Jesus to sin, to disqualify Him from the role of sinless Savior.
The Devil targeted Jesus in His weakness. He tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread, to put Himself in danger, and to worship him as a way to fulfill Jesus’ mission without going to the cross. “Go away, Satan!” Jesus replied.
Jesus was tempted, but He trusted God and never sinned. Jesus is perfect and righteous. A perfect sacrifice was required to take away sin. Jesus was that perfect sacrifice. He died on the cross to free us from sin and to give us the power to say no to temptation.
The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus, our High Priest, can sympathize with our weaknesses because He was tested in every way we are, yet He never sinned. Jesus’ actions are an example for believers, but what happens when we do give in to temptation?
Emphasize to your kids that we can boldly approach God’s throne to receive grace to help us through temptation, and mercy and forgiveness when we sin (See Heb. 4:14-16.) We have hope because Christ died for sinners.
- Where was Jesus? (In the wilderness, Matt. 4:1; at the top of the temple, Matt. 4:5; on a mountain, Matt. 4:8)
- What did the Devil tempt Jesus to do? (Turn stones into bread, Matt. 4:3; throw Himself down from the temple, Matt. 4:6; worship the Devil, Matt. 4:9)
- How did Jesus respond? (with God’s words: “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes form the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4); “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God” (Matt. 4:7); “It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve only Him” (Matt. 4:10).
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
- Operation Christmas Child: BridgeKids has a goal of sending at least 100 shoeboxes this Christmas. Every week we are collecting a new themed item for our boxes. Drop items in the BK check in area. Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/occ
Stay tuned to BridgeKids Facebook for more details! This weeks item is the accessories. This could be a t-shirt, flip flops, sun glasses or other clothing item. We are collecting both boys and girls for any youth age.
BridgeKids Summer Nights: This week, August 21, we are going to hang out with Mr. Kyle and the Truth Skate Church. Meet at the South Haven Skate Park for a lit evening at the skating with Mr. Kyle. We will be there from 6 pm – 7:30. Bring your skateboard or scooter and any safety gear if you have it.