No Judgments, Just Jesus

Epiphany II – God’s Kind of King: The Temptation of Christ (Matthew 4:1-11)

After his baptism, the Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted. Unlike the first parents who failed in the fullness of Paradise, Jesus resists temptation in the barren wilderness. By trusting in and obeying God’s word, Jesus succeeds where all others had previously failed. He is thus the new Adam and the truly faithful Israelite – the Beloved Son in whom God is well-pleased. The remainder of his ministry will extend and display this trust and obedience all the way to the end – obedience to death, even the cross!

Opening Hymn: Love Divine
Closing Doxology: We Praise Your Name! Alleluia!


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