“The Great Enemy” – Rev Keith Jobberns

ENCOUNTERS WITH JESUS – SERMON NOTES

Matthew 3:13-4:11

Rev. Keith Jobberns – 9.30am Service, Sunday 12th April, 2015

What can we learn from this encounter about

THE ENEMY

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil…

Some features:

–       Personal

–       Powerful

–       Persistent

THE BATTLE 

The Timing – Immediately following his baptism

The Setting – In the wilderness

The Temptations

Physical – Stones into bread

After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

My physical temptations ____________________

Spiritual- Test the Father’s love

Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the highest point of the temple. ‘If you are the Son of God,he said, ‘throw yourself down. For it is written:

“He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

My spiritual temptations ____________________

Aspirational – Shortcut to world domination 

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. ‘All this I will give you,he said, ‘if you will bow down and worship me.

Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.”

My aspirational temptations __________________

THE BEST DEFENSE      

Rehearsal of Truth – through the use of Scripture

Jesus answered, ‘It is written….

Confidence – in a trustworthy champion

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.  Hebrews 4:15

Depend on the Word of the Lord and the Lord of the Word