Reading: Matthew 3
Key Verse: Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. (NIVUK)
In the Old Testament both Adam & Israel are called a son of God. Both when tempted fell and brought condemnation on themselves.
Like Adam, in the Garden of Eden, Jesus, in the desert, was tempted to doubt the goodness of God, to misuse Scripture and to disobey one of God’s clear commands. But where Adam, a son of God, fell into sin, Jesus, The Son of God, stood up under the temptation to sin, able to bear the full weight of the temptation.
Sin puts ourselves first. Jesus’ self giving love kept him following the Father’s plan putting the Father’s will first.
A: Jesus the Obedient Son
B: Temptations of the Son
1: Physical need/Hunger – Tempted to doubt God’s goodness/change situation God has placed Him in
2: Misuse of scripture – Tempted to believe a lie/put God to the test
3: Path of suffering/Avoid the cross – Tempted to take the easy way/compromise on God’s laws
C: How we should face our temptations
1: By faith in Jesus
2: By looking for a way out
3: By relying on the Holy Spirit
Preacher: Rev Calum MacMillan
Preached: Evening Service, 28 December 2014
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