Thursday: “Christ the Victor”
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Angel Landing

Luke and Matthew reverse the order of the second and third temptations. The reason is not clear, but that need not detain us. The crucial point is the ultimate victory of Jesus over Satan, proclaimed by both Gospels. The significant factor that emerges from study of the temptations is that Jesus Christ is a real … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: “Worship Me”
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Christ Tempted

Read Luke 4:5-8. Why would Satan want Jesus to worship him? What crucial issue was at stake here? Worship is the sole prerogative of God. It is the one factor that forever separates the creature from the Creator. One of the issues in Lucifer’s rebellion against God in heaven is that of worship. Lucifer’s ambition … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: “Not By Bread Alone”
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Evil Whispers

Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, . . . was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil (Luke 4:1-2, NKJV). Born for a God-ordained mission, commissioned to the task at His baptism, equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Christ retreated into the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: “You Are My Beloved Son”
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The Baptism

In Luke 2:41-50, we read the famous story of Joseph and Mary losing sight of Jesus in Jerusalem. What’s especially fascinating is Jesus’ response to Mary when she rebukes Him (Luke 2:48). Jesus’ answer is an affirmation of His divine self-consciousness, that He is the Son of God. Why did you seek Me? Did you … [Click to read more …]

Mary’s Gospel
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Mary washing Jesus' feet

Mary has slept and eaten little for the last 48 hours or so. Friday was a blur. Her best Friend, her Teacher, her Lord was crucified as a common criminal that day. Her thoughts tumble one over another in wild disarray. He had hinted at his death. That’s why she had bought that expensive alabaster … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Prepare the Way of the Lord
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Man Being Baptized

In Luke 3:1-38, John appears in his unique and crucial role in salvation history. Whatever else one could say about John’s preaching, he was not sugarcoating his words in order to please the crowd. Read Luke 3:1-14. His words are filled with important truths, not just for those within earshot but for all of us. … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Baptism and Temptations
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Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 3:1-14; Rom. 6:1-6; Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:5-8; Isa. 14:13-14; Luke 4:9-13. Memory Text: And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said,You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased (Luke 3:22, NKJV). As we … [Click to read more …]