Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sermon for 3/13/13

Sermon from Luke 4:1-14 Jesus Was Tempted Like We Are

At his baptism Jesus was affirmed to be God’s pleasing son. Now in his temptation in the wilderness it may not have looked too clear to him.

Three temptations - desire of eyes, desire of flesh (glory), desire for life
1 John 2 15 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[c]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”

Eve looking at tree - good looking, good to eat, make you wise
Jesus’ temptations - food (not just his own, but world hunger), receive worship, protect life

What are our temptations?
How does Jesus respond to those temptations?

He uses left-handed power, not right-handed power
 Right Hand - physical, diplomatic, political, logical force
 Left Hand - quiet overcoming, seems contrary to reason
   strength through weakness
   leadership by being a servant
   overcoming death by dying

Jesus is the one who overcomes all temptations and trials on our behalf. He simply calls us to follow him and trust him. He’ll take care of the force.

What is God’s promise? We don’t live by bread alone but by the words of our Lord. He has overcome the world.

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