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Jan 20, 2019

Writing the Script

Writing the Script

Passage: Matthew 4:1-11

Speaker: Dr. Steven Laufer

Series: BACKSTAGE

Category: Sunday Sermons

Keywords: endurance, faithfulness, obedience, trust

Jesus’s time in the wilderness seems to serve a couple of purposes. First, it parallels his ministry journey with that of the Israelite nation as a whole. Just as they spent 40 years wandering in the Sinai desert, Jesus would start his ministry with a time of testing in the desert. But perhaps the second reason is more important for Christians today. The temptations serve to illustrate the specific nature that Jesus’s ministry would carry. His power would be from God, it would be for the purpose of pointing people to the Father, and it would be according to the Father’s timeline. Jesus was completely trusting of his Father in all things, as should we all be.