When I was in college I began to read the Bible on a regular basis. Up until this point I had never had personal devotions or worked through the Scriptures systematically. Now that I had left home and started off on my own, I thought I better take more responsibility for my personal growth in Christ.
But there is something that is even more foundational to our faith than "Jesus loves me.' It's that Jesus loved his Father.
Before we can even sing "Jesus loves me" it was necessary that Jesus love his Father. Our salvation depends on Christ's love for his Father. And that is what this passage in Matthew 4 is all about. In this passage Jesus is tried by Satan. Jesus is tempted by the devil. And it was necessary to do so because Jesus had to prove his love for the Father.
You may remember that a long time ago there was a guy by the name of Adam who was tempted by Satan, and he fell into that temptation. What happened there is that Adam failed to love the Lord with all his heart. His love for God was tested and he failed miserably.
But when Jesus comes along, he comes as the Second Adam. And his love had to be tested and tried in order for him to bring us salvation. And that is what this passage is all about.
So I want us to think about how Jesus was tried by Satan and how it really reveals his love for the Father. As you think about this test, one thing you have to keep in mind is that it is a voluntary act.
I. It is a voluntary act
II. It is humiliating act
III. It is a painful act
A. Satan questions God’s provision
B. Satan questions God’s protection
C. Satan questions God’s plan
IV. It is a redeeming act
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