The Temptation of Christ

The Temptation of Christ

Most of us are very familiar with the story of Satan tempting Jesus in the desert. But have you wondered why Satan chose those particular three temptations? Compare them to Adam’s temptations, where he was tempted with the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge that he believed would make him be like God. However, the temptations of Christ seem somewhat simple on the surface – like turning a stone into bread. Those temptations though were important because they go straight to the question of, “Where do we put our trust?”

Do we trust in the bread of this world, or is it the bread of life? Do we trust God to be good to us, or do we needlessly put ourselves at risk to prove that He loves us? Do we trust God enough to serve Him quietly, without pomp or circumstance?

Today we hear Luther’s sermon on these temptations of Christ and the Gospel reading is from Mark 1,

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

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Lenten Season – February 17th begins our Lenten season.  The Wednesday evening services will be posted online.

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Prayer during a pandemic:

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of illness and distress. In mercy put an end to the pandemic that afflicts us. Grant relief to those who suffer, and comfort all that mourn. Sustain all medical personnel in their labors, and cause Your people ever to serve You in righteousness and holiness; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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