by Brad Whitt

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The Temptation of Christ - Pt.1 (8 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
Matthew 4:1-11

INTRO: If you have your copy of God's Word with you this morning, I want to ask you to be finding your place at Matthew chapter 4. If you're our guest this morning, we've been in a series of studies on the most amazing, the most astounding, the most attractive life that has ever been lived - the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. We've entitled this series of sermons on the life of Jesus, "One Extraordinary Life."

Now, as your finding your place at Matthew chapter 4, I want to share with you a list of names and I want to see if you can tell me the one thing that they all have in common.

• Waterloo
• Hiroshima and Nagasaki
• Antietam
• Stalingrad
• Yorktown

What is the one thing that all of those places have in common?

Now, I'll go ahead and give you a little hint.

• These are not the hot spots on this year's AAA travel brochure.
• They're not the top ten destinations on some millionaire's bucket list.
• These are not even the streetnames of some new subdivision.

According to historians, these are the top 5 greatest battles of all time.

And they're considered "great" for different reasons.

• Some are great because of the destruction they caused.
• Some are great because of the duration of their conflict.
• Some are great because of the design of their battleplan.
• Some are great because of the direction they set for civilization.
• Still others are great because of the deliverance they provided for an oppressed people.

But for whatever reason, these are considered by historians to be the 5 greatest battles of all time.

Well, here in Matthew chapter 4, beginning in verse 1, we are told about a battle that took place some 2000 years ago, in a Middle-Eastern desert, which will probably never make it into the secular history books.

• This battle will most likely never be featured on the Military channel. ...

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