Use this secular YouTube video to hold a creative discussion with the children about the Bible story of the temptation of Jesus in the desert.
A modern young warrior falls off a motorcycle in the savannah of Africa. He only has a machine gun to protect himself. A large lion sees him as easy prey. On the road he meets a traditional African warrior with a spear. He takes the spear, but the lion chases him. He tries to kill the lion with his machine gun, but soon all the bullets are gone. The lion tries to tear him apart, but the traditional African warrior runs towards him and kills the lion. Then he gives his spear to the young boy and disappears.
This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of the temptation of Jesus in the desert. (Luke 4: 1-14)
This idea will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.
Why is this film applicable to this Bible story?
You can see it as a symbolic story. We are like the young warrior. With our own weapons we try to resist the devil who, like a roaring lion, wants to catch people. We may not think we need Jesus, but soon discover that our weapons don't help us. Jesus kills the lion and gives us his weapon.
It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?
If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following three steps: