“SIR, WE WOULD SEE JESUS”…JOHN 12:31…PART THREE.
Remember the purpose of this series of studies is for us to focus on the Gospel message and the four records found in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Remember also there are 89 chapters for us to review. Too often when we read familiar material such as the Gospels we focus on what we “know” about the many great teachings. However, we fail to take time to visit the different incidents and happenings as we read. I am often amazed when I take a few extra moments and place myself in the story and linger there for a while and as we often say, “Smell the roses.”
We have asked you to follow the steps of the Lord Jesus in these week before us and especially take a look at some of the major happenings surrounding the Savior and how these incidents affect us as well. We did mention the birth of Christ and the baptism as also. Today we shall take a look at the Temptation of Christ. The study of the Birth, the Baptism and the Temptation of Christ all come very early in the four Gospels. In the baptism we are to see two emphases of the Scripture (1) the baptism of Jesus was “well pleasing to the Father” (2) It is said that it behooved Jesus to “fulfill all righteousness” (3) and of course He left us an example to follow. NOTE: I would encourage you to go by the Media Table and ask for the message preached by Brother Schmish at our Conference this year on the subject of the temptation of Christ.
• Our Lord entered the conflict under the constraint and leading of the Holy Spirit. It was not the instigation of the Devil that our Lord was led into the wilderness to be tempted, but on His own initiative. Satan was not challenging Christ; Christ was challenging Satan. Amen.
• The time of our Lord’s temptation is also significant. This was not the only time that our Savior was tempted. Look at the wonderful passage in Hebrews chapter four verses14-16. Shall we lift out one phrase from this passage, “But he was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
• The temptation of Jesus was a conflict with a real and powerful enemy. The Devil, a real highly intelligent and mighty personality. To deny the personality of Satan is to deny the Bible. Much Scripture is dedicated to the personality of Satan from Genesis to Revelation. Someone said that the Devil tempts us to bring out the worst in us while God test us to bring out the best.”
• The enemy choses three lines of attack. He has always used this approach beginning with Eve in the Garden. This approach is noted as the “Lust of the flesh”, “the lust of the eyes” and the “pride of life”. This of course is a study in itself. Observe how Jesus handled these three.
• The weapon with which Our Lord silenced and overcame the enemy was the Word of God. Notice in Luke 4:4, 8 and 12—“It is written”. Let us also learn the secret of victory in temptation.
• The purpose of the temptation was not to see if our Lord would or could sin, but to prove that He was the Sinless one. Amen. In the wilderness He repulsed the Devil and emerged victorious, and when the Devil had ended all the temptation…Jesus returned in the power of the spirit into Galilee” Luke 4: 13-14.
• The value of our Lord’s temptation for ourselves. Through Him, our Lord who has conquered Satan, we are “more than conquerors” see Roman 8:37.