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Luke 4:1-13

Jesus Is Tempted

February 14, 2016

1st Sunday of Lent

Lectionary Year C

ASK    (a.k.a The On-Ramp)

  • Good morning!
  • Do you know what the word, "stress" means?
  • That’s right! It means the weight or "pressure" of one thing is placed against or "applied to" another thing.  
  • For example, have you ever taken a rubber band and stretched it and stretched it and stretched it until it broke? [stretch the rubber band as you are talking. Time it so that you stretch it enough that it'll break right when you say, "broke."]
  • This is an example of stress being applied (by me) to another object (the rubber band).
  • Did you notice that when too much stress was applied, the rubber band snapped?
  • This can happen to us as humans, too.
  • When we feel too much stress, we then say and do things we wouldn't normally say and do.  
  • We get impatient and annoyed.
  • We might even snap, where one moment we seem ok and then the next moment for no real reason we’re just really angry.

TELL    (a.k.a. The Freeway)

  • In today's scripture story about Jesus, we hear that Jesus is experiencing quite a bit of stress.
  • First, he's really hungry.  The story says he didn't eat for 40 days and nights. That's a long time to not eat, isn't it? As kids, do not EVER do that, ok?
  • Second, there's a voice that Jesus is hearing that's telling him to do things.
  • And even though this voice is not God's voice, some of the things sound pretty attractive for Jesus; especially the eating some bread thing.  
  • So Jesus is feeling a lot like the rubber band.  
  • There's a lot of weight being pressed against him to act differently than he usually does.
  • But Jesus doesn't snap. He doesn't listen to the other voice.  
  • And here's why [stretch the second rubber band to the breaking point without actually breaking it while you are saying the following line]: Jesus lessens the stress by using scripture as a reminder to pay attention to God and not to his hunger or the other voice he’s hearing.

SHARE the Good News   (a.k.a. The Destination)

  • When we pay attention to God like Jesus did, God helps us to be, live and act as the truth of who God made us to be, as God's gift.
  • But when stress happens, it’s easy to forget who we really are – w e forget that we are God's gift, and instead, we snap.
  • But today’s story reminds us that we can do the same thing Jesus did when he felt stress – that we can use scripture stories as a way to remember to keep paying attention to God.
  • And, we also have each other and our parents and teachers and members of this congregation who also remind us to keep paying attention to God
  • Together, then, when one of us is feeling stress, we can help each other remember to pay attention to God and live as God's gifts instead of snapping.
  • And that’s the good news for today!


  • Let’s pray.  This is a repeat-after-me prayer.

Dear God,
Dear God,

Thank you for Jesus…

Thank you for Jesus…

…who reminds us …

…who reminds us…

…to keep paying attention to you…

…to keep paying attention to you…

…so that we…

…so that we…

…may live as your gift…

…may live as your gift…

…in and to this world.

…in and to this world.


Originally posted February 17, 2013.
Updated on January 23, 2016
Written and edited by Nathanael Vissia

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Supplies: You’ll need two rubber bands (aka elastic bands).  Preferably, you’ll want the larger post-office type rubber bands for a better visual, but since you’ll be stretching one until it breaks, you don’t want it to be too big/strong because then it’ll sting even more when it snaps.

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