Text: Read Matthew 4:1-11
Did you have interests in Junior High or Middle School that you’ve outgrown? In sixth grade I loved wide leg jeans (think exact opposite of skinny jeans), skateville (local skating rink), openly liked Usher’s music, secretly Hanson’s, and also I was a big fan of professional wrestling. Not the real kind; the fake kind. And in December 1997, the two most popular wrestlers in the world were going to have a match at WCW Starcade. It was a pay per view match, cost $40, and my friend Stephen & I totally cracked our piggy banks to get it at his house with a Little Ceasers pizza. It was one of my favorite moments of the 6th grade; the two fake baddest men on the planet faced off and the good guy (Sting) won! And me and my best friend had front row seats.. in front of his mom’s TV.
Well in today’s text we see a real showdown of the greatest tempter in the world (Satan) & the greatest temptation defeater in the world (Jesus). And the good Guy wins as we should expect from Jesus. But how He won I find really interesting.
Jesus was tempted three different times by Satan after fasting for 40 days. He overcame each temptation demonstrating that He was able to do something none of us can; perfectly follow the Law. The strategy that He used all three times was the same; He countered Satan’s temptation by quoting scripture. He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, & 6:13. This tells me Jesus apparently liked Deuteronomy, spent time memorizing the Word when He was on Earth, and when tempted used the truth of the scriptures to counteract the lies of temptation. Today, it won’t be hard for us to figure out how to live like Jesus from our passage. We need to study, memorize and know the Word like Jesus.
If Jesus used the Word of God to help Him overcome temptation and He was the greatest temptation resister of all time.. it stands to reason that we should do whatever it takes to be prepared like Him. If knowing the Word helped Jesus, how much more important is it for us who are good at sinning to study, memorize, and know the Word of God? Today, when you are tempted to sin.. use the Word of God to help you overcome like Jesus!
Chasing Jesus Challenge:
What is a good verse to use when you are tempted to be prideful? Write it out.
Tempted to doubt your salvation? Write it out.
Tempted to lust? Write it out.
Tempted to be greedy? Write it out.
Tempted not to share the gospel with people in your life who don’t know Jesus? Write it out.
Memorize these verses this Fall & be like Jesus!
(If you need help finding verses to memorize, I used James 4:10, Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 3:5, Matt 6:24, & Matt 28:19-20)