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The Devil Tried to Make Me Do It (5 of 16)
Series: Covered in Dust
Last week we looked at the only narrative written by any of the gospel writers of the New Testament concerning the childhood of Jesus.
We saw that when Jesus' parents found Him back in the Temple after having left Him in Jerusalem, thinking that He was with relatives or friends, Jesus asked them if they didn't know that He was supposed to be about His Father's business or in His Father's house.
He's communicating to them that He has a mission and that His relationship with His Heavenly Father supersedes even His relationship with His earthly family.
He is going to be doing what the Father is calling Him to do.
As I said last week, I'm praying that in 2013 we will be about the Father's business; and that we will be bringing Him glory and honor by our love for and obedience to Him; and by making disciples of all the nations.
This morning we are going to look at Jesus beginning His public ministry; but not before He goes through a time of testing, trying and temptation.
TEXT: Luke 4:1-13
There are a couple of things that we need to note before we dive into this passage; and those can be seen by looking at what preceded this.
Look back at Luke 3:21-22, which happens right before this temptation of Jesus.
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and praying…
This is the baptism about which I spoke three weeks ago when talking about the role of John the Baptizer; baptizing people in a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of their sins in preparation for the coming of the Messiah.
Remember, John's message was, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Now, what we know of Jesus is that He is perfect and in no need of repentance or forgiveness of sins.
So why in the world would Jesus go through this ordinance of baptism?
In Matthew's account of Jesus' baptism, when John ...
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