55 Know your enemy

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Matthew 3:17.

“Your mission, should you choose to accept it…” Have you seen a movie in which the hero was given a special job to do?

What do you know about Jesus? Interview someone and ask them this question too.

Do you know what Jesus’ special mission was?

(Make a note of your answer now and see if your answer changes when you get to the end of Big Bible Challenge.)

 

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 The story so far…

John didn’t want to baptise Jesus at first. He thought Jesus should baptise him! But Jesus told John that this was what God wanted. As Jesus was baptised, the Holy Spirit came down on him like a dove, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my own dear Son” (Matthew 3:17). Jesus was the long-awaited King, God’s Messiah. After this great experience, the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the desert. There the devil tested him, trying to make him stop believing in God’s words and to turn him away from the mission God had given him.

Now read Matthew 4:1–11 together.

What happened next…

After John had been put in prison, Jesus moved to Capernaum, a town beside lake Galilee. Just like the prophet Isaiah had said, Jesus was going to be a bright light in people’s lives. There, Jesus began his work of calling people back to God and telling them about God’s kingdom.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 72 together.

 

Did you know…?

Devil or Satan In Greek and Hebrew, these words mean “accuser” and are names for the one who demonstrates everything that is evil and against God. The devil is God’s enemy – and the enemy of God’s people, grown-ups and children too, tempting them to do wrong so that he can accuse them before God.

Temptation Satan tempted Jesus into doing things that were against God’s way. He was subtle, clever, persuasive and dangerous, but Jesus did not “sin”.

40 days and nights Moses and the prophet Elijah had both fasted for 40 days at important moments in their lives. Jesus was about to start telling people about God – a very important time for him.

Fasting This meant going without food and often without drink too.

 

Try it out

Did you spot what Jesus did each time he was tempted? He did not argue – but he did use words from the Bible to refuse to do what the devil suggested.

Look these up in your own Bible:

Turn the stones to bread: Jesus’ answer is from Deuteronomy 8:3

Let the angels catch you: Jesus’ answer is from Deuteronomy 6:16

Worship the devil: Jesus’ answer is from Deuteronomy 6:13

Jesus did not have a Bible with him! He knew these words off by heart so he could use them when he needed to reply to the devil.

With your Bible Coach, choose a Bible verse to learn off by heart. (One of the most well-known verses in the whole Bible is John 3:16.) Then, like Jesus, you will always have those words from God with you.

 

Talk to God

Ask God to give you the strength to resist when others tempt you to do things that you know you shouldn’t do.

 

We all get it wrong sometimes but, thanks to Jesus, we don’t have to be stuck with the times we have failed.

 

“Thank you, Jesus, that you don’t give up on us. You forgive us when we make mistakes so that we can be friends with you again.”

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