March 5, 2017. North Holland Reformed Church.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”
Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Well, it definitely wasn’t my favorite sermon I’ve ever preached, but I like to keep a record of all my sermons for my own personal growth 🙂
Note: If you care to follow along, we are using a Lenten Devotional put together by our Adult Discipleship Team during our services throughout the season of Lent. That devotional is available here – I would definitely consider taking a look, particularly if you’re seeking a new rhythm for your own personal devotions!
Because I led the congregation through Lectio Divina, the sermon itself begins at roughly 8:55 minutes.
Thanks for your encouragement, friends! For those who dare, take a listen.