Faces of Easter Four – Jesus in the Desert.

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William Blake's Temptation and Freedom
William Blake’s Temptation and Freedom

Fourth Sunday in Lent – Faces of Easter 4

Notes:
1. This is our fourth step in the journey to the resurrection.
2. Print the image of Jesus in the desert that you choose. And place face down and away from the child. Gather up all the other illustrations and stack them face down away from you.
3. You are teaching care for things by how carefully you set up and put away the material.  Don’t rush this.
4. Remember your child is a child and is naturally interested in Jesus’ story.

Matthew 4:1-11

Lay a rug down. Pat the rug.

Please go bring the Mystery of Easter bag.

Do you think you can put the Mystery of Easter together?

Resist the urge to help.  When the puzzle is complete. Turn it so the cross is facing the child.

Touch the top puzzle piece.

Do you remember what the story for the first piece was?

Wait for him to think about it – if he needs help hold up the picture of the holy family. After he is done telling you, place the image to the right of the cross – leave space for week 2’s image.

Do you remember what the other two pieces told us?

Place the 2nd image between image 1 and the cross. Place the 3rd image to the left of the cross.

Touch the 4th piece of the puzzle.

The desert where Jesus lived was not filled with sand.  It is filled with rocks.  It is very windy.  It gets cold at night and hot during the day.  There are dangerous insects, reptiles, and mammals that all live there. It was not a place you wanted to be alone.  But God asked Jesus to go to the desert.  He went there to tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. After this fast, He was, as you can imagine, hungry.  But He was also curiously stronger, when the tempter came to Jesus.

Then the evil one came and asked Jesus a question, “Of You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Temptation of Christ, Aagerup Kirke, Danmark
Temptation of Christ, Aagerup Kirke, Danmark

Jesus said, “It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone. Rather, he lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.”

Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city, Jerusalem, and he had Jesus stand at the very highest point in the holy temple.

Then the evil one said to Jesus, “If You are the Son of God, jump! And then we will see if You fulfill the Scripture that says: He will command His heavenly messengers concerning You,  and the messengers will buoy You in their hands  So that You will not crash, or fall, or even graze Your foot on a stone.”

Jesus answered him, “That is not the only thing Scripture says. It also says, “Do not put the Eternal One, your God, to the test.”

And still the devil subjected Jesus to a third test. He took Jesus to the top of a very high mountain, and he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in all their splendor and glory, their power and pomp.

Then the evil one told him, “If You bow down and worship me, I will give You all these kingdoms.”

Jesus spoke one more time, “Get away from Me, Satan. I will not serve you. I will instead follow Scripture, which tells us to “worship the Eternal One, your God, and serve only Him.”

Then the devil left Jesus. And heavenly messengers came and ministered to Him.

 

Sit back and make a show of thinking. Finally say:

I wonder why Jesus was doing before the Devil came to the desert to tempt him?

I wonder what it felt like to be so hungry and to be reminded that if he wanted to, Jesus could turn stones into bread?

I wonder what Jesus meant when he said that we need more than just bread to eat?

I wonder what else we need as food?

I wonder how it felt to be tempted to easily become the king of all kingdoms?
When the wondering is finish, carefully put the pieces of the cross inside the bag leaving it with the white on the outside.  Carefully take the bag back to its spot. Place the old images next to the bag. Place the new image on the fridge or prayer table.

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