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December 24, 2018

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Reading along with us in Luke for five days? Here’s today’s reading:

Luke 4 (ESV)

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
    and him only shall you serve.’”...Continue Reading

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  1. Luke 4:2 (ESV)
     for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.

    Jesus was tempted in every way like we are. For years I always thought of the three detailed temptations the devil presented to Christ; however, Christ was tempted for the entire forty days and we only have recorded for us the highlights of the scope of the temptations. However, Hebrews 4:15 clearly states that even though he was tempted he never sinned.

    Jesus is the pure lamb of God, a sacrificial lamb without spot or blemish. It is fitting that this sacrificial lamb would be born in a small cave where possibly sacrificial lambs would be kept.

  2. Satan’s temptations fall along three lines here. He first challenges Jesus’ power and His independent use of it. He next challenges His pride and a false way to attain what was already His. And lastly He challenges His trust in God and accurately discerning what God will do and what He won’t. It is not unlike what we face and it is wise for us to know the word and be able to use it to expose the lies like Jesus does here.

    And just imagine going from fasting and being harassed by Satan to be rejected and harassed in your home town. It is important to see here that Jesus did understand who He was. It is not only others believing and proclaiming Jesus to be Messiah, but Jesus understanding it Himself as well. It is unfortunate how those who know us best can set us aside more readily. They think they already know who Jesus is and therefore are not open to new revelation. It is a primary obstacle to many people’s faith. They have already formed their opinion and provide little openness to change.

    But Jesus is undaunted by their rejection, as should we be, and He continues to preach and do miraculous things that reveal who He is. I like what He says in ver 43 As people try to keep Him in Capernaum. He must preach the good news of the kingdom to other places as well. Amy we also look to expand our exposure to others to provide further opportunity to share the good news of Jesus!

  3. . 17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
    18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

    And all eyes were fixed on Him❤️

  4. 17And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
    18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
    and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
    19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
    20And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

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