Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Jesus' temptations

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he spent forty days in the desert. He faces different temptations, and responds to each one with a verse of scripture. Sometimes we may assume this was very easy - he is the Son of God and can chose exactly the right bit of scripture to combat any temptation. But in reality he was also a human being who was genuinely famished and tempted - wrestling with what would be the right things to do in his ministry. And each of the verses of scripture come from just one part of the Bible (a couple of Chapters of instruction to God’s people following the Ten Commandments) - so it doesn’t look as if he is producing the best answers from different parts of scripture but rather worrying away at the implications of these important few Chapters. This is the story we will focus on when we meet on Sunday.

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