Baptism and the Temptations – Hit the Mark
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So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” Luke 3:10-11 That one response from John the Baptist was so insightful for this week’s lesson … [Click to read more …]

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 …]

02: Baptism and the Temptations – Thought Starters
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1. The luminaries. What important personalities seemed to create a circle of history around the death and resurrection of Jesus? Why was it important for Luke to include the names or these people such as Tiberius Caesar, Annas and Caiaphas in his introduction (first verses of Luke 3) at the start of his account of … [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 …]

02: Baptism and Temptations – Lesson Plan
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Man Being Baptized

Key Thought : By idle talk, evilspeaking, or neglect of prayer, we can lost the Savior’s presence, and it may take many days of sorrowful search to find Him. [Lesson plan for Baptism and Temptations April 6, 2015] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 3:11-14. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the … [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 …]

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 …]