40 Days with Jesus - Part 3: His Temptation, My Temptation

May 7, 2017 Pastor: Ryan Rice Series: 40 Days with Jesus

Scripture: Matthew 4:1–4:11, Hebrews 4:15–4:15, 1 Corinthians 10:13–10:13


The Temptation of Jesus
Jesus was led into the desert. He fasted and devoted Himself to prayer for 40 days. In those 40 days, Jesus was exposed to the elements. He faced hunger. Then He was tempted by Satan, the accuser, by words like, “If you are the Son of God”. Jesus was 100% human and 100% God. Jesus human nature was tempted to sin and He can identify with our temptations because he was 100% man. His human nature had every capacity to sin, but He did not sin. Jesus was first tempted with food—to command stone to become bread. After 40 days of fasting, His hunger must have been overwhelming. Jesus was tempted with personal gain, that if He threw Himself off a cliff, the angels would save Him and He would not be hurt. The final temptation was for personal power. Satan promised Jesus a kingdom without having to endure the cross if Jesus would worship Satan. Jesus human side did not want to go to the cross, but His divinity knew that God’s plan required it so that we could have a relationship with Him.

My Temptation
Jesus understands our temptation, because He was tempted in every respect as we are. Giving into temptation will lead to sin and it preys on our desires and weaknesses. Satan’s temptations are completely evil and will destroy you physically, emotionally and spiritually. God will always provide an escape route. Nothing you are experiencing is uncommon and God is faithful and will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. God will give you the strength you need to endure temptation. Scripture is our greatest weapon in fighting temptation. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you,” Ps 119:11. Talking to people who will listen to you and pray for you is a powerful support when you struggle with temptation. Run from temptation when it comes. Trust in God’s word and He will provide a way of escape.