“February 4–10. Matthew 4; Luke 4–5: ‘The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: New Testament 2019 (2019)
“February 4–10. Matthew 4; Luke 4–5,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2019
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Ask the children to pass a picture of Jesus from one child to the next. As each child receives the picture, invite him or her to share something that Jesus did when He was on earth.
Little children “cannot sin” (D&C 29:47). However, the account of Jesus resisting Satan’s temptations can inspire the children to start now to choose the right.
Tell the story of Jesus’s temptations from Matthew 4:1–11. (See also “Chapter 11: Jesus Is Tempted,” New Testament Stories, 30–31, or the corresponding video on LDS.org.) At appropriate points in the story, ask, “What do you think Jesus should do?”
Display a picture of Jesus Christ, and then describe choices a young child might make. For each good choice, ask the children to take a step toward the picture. For each bad choice, ask them to take a step away from it.
Help the children learn the words to “Choose the Right Way,” Children’s Songbook, 160–61, using pictures, objects, or other visual aids that correspond to the lyrics.
Luke 4:18–19 lists aspects of Jesus’s mission. How can you help the children appreciate what He has done for them?
Read Luke 4:18–19 to the children, and explain what Jesus Christ was sent to earth to do (teach, comfort, and heal people). Share how He has done this for you.
Invite a few children to pretend to be confused, sad, or sick. Ask the other children to role-play what they could do to help them. Testify that Jesus Christ came to teach, comfort, and heal us, and that we should follow His example.
Show pictures of Jesus fulfilling aspects of His mission (see Gospel Art Book), and ask the children to describe what Jesus is doing. Also show pictures of people trying to be like Jesus (you might find some in Church magazines).
Write on strips of paper phrases that begin with “Because of Jesus Christ” (such as “Because of Jesus Christ, my family can be together forever”). Invite each child to pick one of the paper strips, and help him or her read the phrase.
The Savior’s call, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19), applies to everyone, including children.
Invite two children to pretend to be Simon Peter and Andrew as you read Matthew 4:18–22. Help the children identify what these men gave up to follow Jesus.
Let the children take turns telling the story from these verses using the picture in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families.
Sing together “I Will Follow God’s Plan,” Children’s Songbook, 164. What can we learn from this song about following Jesus Christ?
Use this week’s activity page to discuss with the children how they can be “fishers of men” by following Jesus. You could also play a matching game: cut out two copies of each fish, place them facedown, and invite the children to turn them over one at a time to make a match.
Even Jesus Christ was tempted by Satan, but He never gave in. How can you help the children follow His example?
Make a chart on the board labeled Satan’s Temptations and Jesus’s Responses. Help the children fill in the chart using Matthew 4:1–11 and Luke 4:1–13. Ask the children how they can follow Jesus’s example.
Write down some scenarios in which a child might be tempted to make a wrong choice. Let a child select one to read, and discuss as a class how they could resist temptation in that situation.
Before beginning His ministry, Jesus fasted and “communed with God” (Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 4:2 [in Matthew 4:2, footnote c]). Help the children see how fasting can give them spiritual strength and help them feel close to Heavenly Father.
Invite a child to read aloud Matthew 4:1–2 using the Joseph Smith Translation revisions found in the footnotes. What did Jesus do to “be with God”? Share how fasting has helped you feel closer to Heavenly Father.
Invite children who have fasted before to share their experiences. How would they explain fasting to someone who has never fasted before?
Write questions about fasting (such as why, when, or how we fast) on pieces of paper, and place them in a bowl. Invite children to pick a question and try to answer it. What experiences can you or the children share about fasting?
Ponder how the Savior has blessed your life. How can you help the children better appreciate His influence in their lives?
Invite a child to come to class prepared to summarize Luke 4:16–30. It might be helpful to use “Chapter 17: Angry People in Nazareth,” New Testament Stories, 42–43; the corresponding video (LDS.org); or the video “Jesus Declares He Is the Messiah” (LDS.org).
Read Luke 4:18 aloud while the children follow along. Ask them to create a list of things the Savior said He came to do. Invite the children to share examples of times when Christ did these things, either in the scriptures or in their lives.
There are many ways children can follow the Savior and be “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). How will you help them see the good influence they can be on others?
Show the children some fishing equipment or a picture of a fisherman. What does it mean to be “fishers of men”? What tools do we have to help us be fishers of men?
Invite the children to share with their families what they learned about being fishers of men.