The Temptation of Jesus

Sunday before last we took a close look at Jesus earthly and heavenly relations in His baptism and genealogy. This past Sunday we saw that Jesus earthly ministry is besieged by temptation from Satan as he enters the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13).

What does the setting of Jesus temptation in the wilderness alongside the forty days of fasting remind you of from the Old Testament? What does this parallel teach us about the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ?

What is the hook of Satan’s first, second, and third temptation of Jesus? Hint: there is the presenting temptation and the temptation underneath the temptation.

  • How is Satan’s temptation of Jesus similar to the temptation he made with Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3?

Notice that Satan continues to return to Jesus after being resisted. He does not go away easily but waits for an opportune time to strike (v.13).

  • When are you most vulnerable to temptation?
  • What could you do differently to keep yourself from a place of vulnerability to temptation?

Notice how Jesus was armed with Scripture to ward off the temptation of Satan. Identify one temptation you face regularly and give into more times than not.

  • How would a deeper knowledge of the Scripture assist you in fighting off temptation?
  • If you need help in knowing where to begin, ask an elder at Cornerstone or your HFG leader to assist you in gaining a better understanding of how to use God’s Word as a sword to slay temptation.

Going Deeper: James 1:13 says, “God cannot be tempted,” while Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was “tempted in every way as we are…” If Jesus is God, how do we square the teaching of these two passages with what we read in Luke 4:1-13?

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