Satan Tempted Jesus In Three Devilish Ways

Satan Tempted Jesus In Three Devilish Ways

Based on Matthew 4:1-11

POY! SKIT GUIDELINES:

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  • Scripture and paraphrases, if any, usually appear in bold.

PARTICIPANTS:

Narrator
Devil
Voice (of Jesus) Stand to one side, read slowly and loudly.

Prompter (Optional). Prompter shouts a brief line and Companions repeat it.

Companions (Optional): children and all adults that want to take part. Make sure Companions know who the Prompter is, and that they are to repeat Prompter’s words.

SCRIPT:

Narrator

The Holy Spirit led Jesus out where He was alone, to fast and pray for forty days. He became famished, and Satan rushed to take advantage of Jesus’ weakness, tempting Jesus to do evil. Satan was trying to stop Jesus from beginning His redemptive work. Satan is known in Scripture as “The Old Dragon” and “The Father of lies!”

Prompter & Companions

Father of lies! Father of lies!

Devil

If You, Jesus of Nazareth, are the Son of God, then command that these stones become bread.

Prompter & Companions

Booo! Booo!

Voice

It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

Narrator

Satan then took Jesus to the holy city of Jerusalem, to the very top of the great temple.

Devil

If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will command His angels concerning You’; and On their hands they will bear You up, So that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.

Voice

On the other hand, it is written, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”

Now, go, devil, go!

Prompter & Companions

Go, devil, go!

Narrator

A third time, the devil, whom Scripture also calls “ruler of this world,” took Jesus to a very high mountain to show Him all the worldly kingdoms and their glory.

Devil

All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.

Voice

Go, Satan! It is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.”

Narrator

The devil left Him, but not permanently; and angels came and served Him. Immediately after that victory over Satan, Jesus began proclaiming to the public that the Kingdom of Heaven was near. Now, since He rose from the dead, His Kingdom is here. Lord, reign over us!

Prompter & Companions

Lord, reign over us! Reign over us!

DISCUSS:

Satan first tempted Jesus to satisfy the desire of the flesh, in this case, physical appetite. In what similar ways does the devil tempt people like us?

The devil’s second temptation was to satisfy human pride.In what similar ways does he tempt people like us?

Satan’s third temptation appealed to man’s lust for power. In what similar ways does he tempt people like us?

 

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