Series: Jesus’s Preparation For Ministry (3:1-4:13)
We’re going to talk about temptation. What is temptation? Temptation is when someone tries to get you to do something wrong.
Like maybe you are with a group of kids and they are throwing rocks in the creek and then someone gets the idea that they should throw rocks through the window of Farmer Fred’s house. “Come on, it will be fun!”
Is it right to throw rocks through a person’s window? No, but you might be tempted to do it because the other kids want to do it and it seems fun. That’s temptation.
Other kids might tempt you sometimes, but do you know who tempts you all the time? Satan does. We always have to be on the look out for Satan’s temptations. He’s like a fisherman.
What does a fisherman use to catch fish? A fishing pole with a hook. But does he just put a hook in the water? No, because the fish would see it and say, “It’s a hook, run away!”
So he puts a worm on it (Gummy Worm). The worm hides the hook and it looks good to the fish. So they come up and bite and get caught.
A temptation always looks good to us, it might seem fun to do, like throwing rocks through Farmer Fred’s window. But the temptation hides a sin. And sin is always wrong to do.
Who should we go to for help in fighting temptation and sin? Jesus. And one reason that we can is because Jesus faced temptation himself. He knows what it is like. We can follow him.
Jesus faced temptation from Satan for forty days. Recorded for us are three of the temptations, perhaps the final three.
Each of the three temptations have two parts: first, Satan’s Suggestion, followed by Jesus responding with Scripture’s Truth.
Jesus gives a model to follow when we face temptation. First…