How Much Temptation Can You Take?
How much temptation can you take before you give in? How much work do others have to do in order to entice you to join them in gossip, theft, cheating, lying, etc.?
In our story tonight in Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus comes face to face with Satan… the greatest evil power we know of. And Jesus does not bend; he does not give in. In part Jesus's strength in temptation is meant to give us an example to follow. But there is another reason why this story is given to us: it is meant to show us where our hope should be placed as we struggle. We are not strong enough, but Christ is... and knowing and believing in Jesus’s strength in the midst of temptation is the key to having any strength ourselves.
As we all face temptation, the Scriptures says to us: “...Lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles, and... run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb 12:1-2a) And that is what we are doing in this sermon: looking to Jesus as our example to follow in facing temptation and our only hope in the face of sin and evil.
Posted on Tue, March 11, 2014
by Tom Bost