The Hero of God’s Epic Story is going public with His identity. But first, the Spirit drives Him to the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. Because Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil, He must be tempted and tried along the path to triumph. Notice how the Evil One comes at Jesus with alluring temptations, all seemingly “good things.” Notice also the way in which the Son of Man responds: trusting God, feasting on His Word, relishing in His goodness.
Jesus refused to take any shortcuts to achieve and receive all God wanted for Him.
In His baptism Jesus identified Himself with you, and God identified Himself with Jesus. Here was a new man, a new Israel, a new king—a new start. That’s why the crafty serpent wanted to question His identity, as he questioned ours in the Garden, and yours wherever you are.
Message title: Desert Reign: Jesus Destroys the Works of the Devil
Week 30 of EPIC: Following the Hero of God’s Story
Scriptures: Luke 4:1-15; 1st John 2:15-17, 3:7-10
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
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Scripture reading: Luke 4:1-15
The Temptation of Jesus
4:1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”
9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.Jesus Begins His Ministry
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.