Week 24 | April 1st
The Story | Matthew 4:1-11
Introduction + Context: John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah, prepared the way for Jesus, the father pronounced his approval and now Jesus would face a test. A test of which every human beginning with Adam and Eve had failed. But where man had failed, Jesus would prevail. When squared off with the enemy, Jesus would maintain not only His trust in the Father, but His obedience to His will. It will be this same trust and obedience that would carry Jesus forward on His trajectory to the cross as Savior of the world.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Week 24 | April 8th – NO MEETING