we are going to examine the transition from Johnís the Baptistís
established ministry to the preparation of Jesus to His ministering
years. John did not resent the fact that his ministry was coming to an
end, on the contrary, he rejoiced that the Messiah was starting the
redemptive work for the human race.
after this experience Jesus entered the wilderness to be tempted by
Lucifer. I think that most people read this account, but fail to note
the fascinating details. We know that Jesus had a personal bodyguard of
72,000 angels to make sure the Devil and his forces would not interfere
with Godís plan.
was baptized through immersion by His second cousin, He immediately left
the crowd at the Jordan river and walked into an uninhabited wilderness
area and stayed there for 40 days. Since Jesus was going to be tempted
as a man, He could not see into the spirit world and had to believe that
the holy angels assigned to protect Him were doing their job to keep the
lions, snakes and scorpions at bay.
approached the Son of God after 40 days of fasting, he came in the form
of a man with a humanoid body. Jesus did not challenge the Devil; He was
passive and reacted to each temptation by quoting the applicable Old
Testament scriptures. Lucifer had the capacity to fly Ė we donít know Ė
but he grabbed Jesus and took Him to a pinnacle on the temple in
Jerusalem and then to a mountaintop some place on earth.
in defeat once the temptations were over, stranding Jesus on the high
mountain. Holy angels materialized, provided Jesus with food and water,
and returned Him to the wilderness area.
able to achieve victory over the Devil through the use of Scripture and
the same can happen for you!
Print out the sermon outline and let's examine the
Scriptures together Sunday morning at 9:00 AM PST.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell