“GOD’S PLAN FOR US INCLUDES TESTING!”

Matthew 4:1-11

Let’s start with some basic principles: Jesus came to earth to be born among us and identify with us. He grew up as any other boy, except without sin. In His baptism, He was identified with us. He has literally put on our sin. Now He is going to be tested to answer some real questions:

  1. Is He able to withstand the test?
  2. Can He overcome the test?
  3. Could Jesus have fallen? NO!

Temptation has a two-fold meaning:

  1. To incite or entice to evil.

There is something in us, which causes us to yield to evil – not so with Jesus.

John 14:30, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”

Hebrews 7:26, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”

  1. God does not tempt any man.

James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”

But what about Abraham in Genesis 22? God was testing the faith of Abraham.

Jesus was tested to demonstrate and prove what He claimed to be. Just like a diamond in the rough or a car off the assembly line is tested to prove it.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

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