Both here and on our Facebook page will feature a daily observation / devotion. Until the end of January 2021, we will upload each week a video-sermon, a PDF of the sermon, a short service outline, a kids’ activity sheet, and link some Youtube songs, all connected with the sermon series.

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Luke 4:1-13
The second temptation concerns the relationship between the Father and the Son, especially in light of Psalm 2 (have a read of Psalm 2).

The promise of God is that his Son (in Psalm 2 and 2 Samuel 7) will rule the world. The process of this rule is hard and humbling and servant-hearted (see Isaiah 53:1-12).

And so the devil suggests that there is another way, an easier way, a way where Jesus takes matters into his own hands, and serves the devil to circumvent the plans of God. It is an offer that is tempting, and ultimately empty (just as the offer of the devil in Genesis 3 was, where the promise of God to provide for his people was doubted).

And Jesus' response is to turn to Deuteronomy 6:13. That section is about not forgetting the promised provision of God, a promised provision that is constantly written on the pages of daily life.

As Jesus quotes from that great Mosaic sermon, he is stating very clearly to the devil: 'I trust God, and God alone, to do as he promises - and, by the way, look at the pages of history to see the truth of this'.

That temptation is one that we are familiar with in our humanity - can God deliver what he promised? And we know our response - but the faithfulness of Jesus is so grand, isn't it!

Prayer (Ps.99:7-9):

Father, you promise restoration, on one final day. That restoration has been guaranteed by the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ alone. Please grant me the joy of restoration today, the proclamation of restoration today, and rest in your restoration today. Amen.
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Luke 4:1-13
The first temptation that the devil lays before Jesus is about the substance of life. Starving, hungry (a situation vastly different to that faced by the first 'son of God', Adam, when he was tempted!), Jesus is encouraged by the devil to doubt the goodness of his Father, and to take matters into his own hands - 'turn this stone into a loaf of bread'!

Jesus' response is to quote from Deuteronomy 8:3... A significant choice! Deuteronomy is the account of Moses' three sermons to God's people as they prepare to enter the land promised to them. The sermons call God's people to obey God, so that they represent him faithfully to the world.

At the heart of this is the sufficiency of God's word. God's word brings life. Therefore, God's word sustains life. In fact, God's word is life. Life is about more than bread - it is about God's word.

And so Jesus displays his faithful trust in God - and refuses the devil. He does not take matters into his own hands!

The questions posed to us are obvious. But what a relief that Jesus proves faithful!

Prayer (Ps.96:1):

Father, the day has dawned. The sun shines. I have woken. Place a song of praise to you on my lips. Amen.
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