The Gospel of Luke shows us the humanity of Christ by relating the account of the temptation that Jesus faced in the wilderness. He was like we are. He faced the same things that we do. In all of this He was victorious! We can be too!
By looking at how satan tempted Christ we can gain valuable insight into the way satan works. What areas does he focus on? Why are we vulnerable in these areas?
The temptations that Jesus faced just before beginning his earthly ministry fall into three broad categories. Today we need to respond to these same temptations in the way that Jesus did.
- You can’t have my body – It belongs to God
- I don’t need your recognition – My ambition is to serve God
- I don’t need your things – Everything I have belongs to God
How did Christ respond to satan’s attacks? What did the will of the Father mean to Christ? How should we respond? I would like to make a case for rebellion against the temptations of the evil. We must submit to God and in that submission to God we can resist the temptations of satan.
James 4:7-8 (ESV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
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