What power would the devil and the world have over us if they couldn’t use the things we want for leverage? Even our desire to serve God and work for his good pleasure can get so twisted that we fall deeper and deeper into sin. Which raises an interesting question, what did Jesus desire? Mark says he was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. What levers was Satan pulling? What buttons was he pushing? How did Jesus triumph?Continue reading
The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and told him he would give all their authority and glory to him if he would worship him. Jesus answered,
“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” Luke 4:8 [ESV]
Where was it written? What does it mean? How did Jesus teach this lesson others? How do we apply to our own lives?
Sermon on the Temptation of Christ.