Temptation Of Christ
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Scripture: Matthew 4:1-11
Learning Objective: Everyone experiences temptation, but Jesus teaches us that we can resist temptation and not give in to sin.
What is temptation?
The desire to do something that you shouldn’t do. For example, playing computer games when you are supposed to be doing your homework or talking to your friends in class when you know you are supposed to be quiet.
Temptation all by itself isn’t sinful. It’s what we do when we’re tempted that matters. Sometimes it’s really hard to walk away from something we want (even if it’s something we shouldn’t have.) But when we give in to temptation that leads us into sin.
Temptation 1 – Satan asks Jesus to turn the stones into bread
Instead of giving into the temptation to turn the stones into bread, Jesus remembered what God’s Word says.
Matthew 4:4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
(Also read: Deuteronomy 8:3)
Remember that we need God more than we need anything else in the world because it’s God who sustains us. That’s what Jesus remembered when Satan tempted Him, and knowing this truth allowed Jesus to resist temptation.
Temptation 2 – Satan asks Jesus to throw himself down the highest point of the temple
This time round, Satan quotes the Bible as well. Satan says that if Jesus was truly the Son of God, he could jump from the top of the temple and wouldn’t be hurt. Satan tries to get Jesus to doubt God’s ability and test God.
Matthew 4:7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test’
(Also read: Deuteronomy 6:16)
However, Jesus had complete trust in God. He knew that God’s power was greater than anything in the world. If we trust someone, we do not have to test them. Because of his complete faith and trust in God, Jesus was once again able to resist temptation.
Temptation 3 – Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the world
Satan still wasn’t finished trying to get Jesus to sin. He shows Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and says he will give them all to Jesus if He bows down and worships him instead.
Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’
(Also read: Deuteronomy 6:13)
For the third time, Jesus quoted scripture to Satan. Jesus would only worship God and He would not sin. He loved God and believed in God’s plan wholeheartedly.
Then, Satan left Jesus and angels came to help take of Jesus after that.
What can you learn from this story?
God knows that we will be tempted by many things in our lives, and so He has given us a powerful weapon to help us fight against temptation. The Bible. God’s word reminds us of what is true, even when Satan tries to tempt us to forget it.
Remember that because Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead, we have a promise that whoever puts their faith in God will be shown grace.
Dear God Thank you for Your Word and what a powerful weapon it is, as we fight against temptation. Thank you for showing us how Jesus faced temptation but did not sin. We praise you for your amazing grace in our lives and for loving us so much that you would send your only Son to die for our sins. Amen.
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
மத்தேயு 6 : 13 எங்களைச் சோதனைக்குட்படப்பண்ணாமல், தீமையினின்று எங்களை இரட்சித்துக்கொள்ளும்
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
I கொரிந்தியர் 10 : 13
மனுஷருக்கு நேரிடுகிற சோதனையேயல்லாமல் வேறே சோதனை உங்களுக்கு நேரிடவில்லை. தேவன் உண்மையுள்ளவராயிருக்கிறார்; உங்கள் திராணிக்கு மேலாக நீங்கள் சோதிக்கப்படுகிறதற்கு அவர் இடங்கொடாமல், சோதனையைத் தாங்கத்தக்கதாக, சோதனையோடுகூட அதற்குத் தப்பிக்கொள்ளும்படியான போக்கையும் உண்டாக்குவார்.