Sermons by the Monday Club
Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
I. WHY was Jesus tempted?
1. Because He was a man.
2. Because He was the Messiah.
II. WHAT is the significance of the several temptations?
1. In the first, Christ is urged to satisfy hunger by working a miracle. Christ refused, because miraculous power must not be used simply for personal advantage. Christ recalls the great fact that God feeds man with spiritual food.
2. Satan perceives Christ's frame of mind: Is Christ filled with confidence in His Father? From the Temple roof Christ is asked to cast Himself down. The act urged would have been presumptuous, ostentatious, and untimely. The third temptation was to sacrifice principle to policy. All His suffering might be prevented by a momentary act.
1. Temptations ply us through the constitutional avenues of our being.
2. Scripture may be misapplied to lead us into sin.
3. Resistance of temptation is aided by familiarity with God's Word.
4. A Divine peace follows the resistance of temptation.
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Parallel VersesKJV: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.