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The Temptation of Jesus

Luke 4:1-13

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit

The first lesson we can learn from the way Jesus withstood temptation come from before the temptation even takes place. Luke tells us that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. It is essential that we, too, are filled with the Spirit if we hope to resist temptation. In the sermon, Pastor Philip identifies what it means to be filled with the Spirit as well as what it means to be led by the Spirit.

The First Temptation: Turn Stone to Bread

Why was this a temptation? Why would it have been wrong to do this? Jesus certainly had the power to do what the devil suggested. But He had resolved to be submitted to and reliant on the Father and the Holy Spirit during His earthly mission. He resolved to continue to submit and depend on His Father and the Spirit.

The Second Temptation: Worship Me

Worshiping the devil, was not, in itself, very tempting. So the devil added an enticement. He promised Jesus authority and glory if Jesus would worship him. The problem with that was that the Father had already given the Son authority and glory (Psalm 2:7-8; Daniel 7:14). Yet Jesus did not get into a debate with the devil about who possessed what and who could promise what. Rather Jesus quote Scripture commanding us to worship the Lord alone.

Jesus focused on the righteousness — not the result — of the action.  That’s an important lesson for us as well.

The Third Temptation: Throw Yourself Down

The devil took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and told Him to throw Himself off.  The Father will save you, the devil assured Jesus. The temptation was for Jesus to indulge His privilege as the Son of God. But Jesus chose instead to continue His mission of humility and service.

Pastor Philip concludes the sermon by drawing five principles from the Jesus’ example for how we might resist temptation.