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Jesus in the Desert

Activity Objective:
To retell the story of Jesus in the desert in their own words
Lesson Outcome:
The children will be able to tell the story of Jesus in the desert.
Materials
  • Bibles
  • Poster paper
  • Crayons, markers, and pencils
  • Props appropriate for role-play
 
Directions:
  • Before the activity, ask the children to share what they already know about Jesus' 40 days in the desert.
  • Next invite the children to open their Bibles to Luke 4:1-13.
  • Invite volunteers to read the passage aloud, or have the children read it silently.
  • After the reading, spend a few moments discussing how we can learn by Jesus' example when we encounter temptation.
  • When you feel the children are comfortable in their understanding of the story, gather them into small groups to prepare a dramatization of the story.
  • Assign each group a section of the story to act out. For example, one group will reenact Jesus' first encounter with the devil.
  • When the children are ready to perform, invite the groups to act out the events in the order they occurred the story.
  • After each group has performed, say to the children: Jesus resisted the devil's temptation. Resisting temptation is never easy for us, but the Holy Spirit can help us to find the strength to do the right thing.
 
Learning Styles:
Art/Space Smart,Logic/Math Smart,People Smart,Word Smart
Approximate Time:
20  minutes
Hints:
Provide the groups with a brief summary of the scene they are to perform. This may help them create a more personalized interpretation of the story, rather than trying to act out the passage word for word.
Sensitivities:
Be aware that some of the children may not feel comfortable role-playing. Therefore, allow them to create props, write scripts, or draw illustrations for their group.