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May 13: Tempting the Son of God, Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Summary

It is in the wilderness that Jesus proves that he is the Son of God, worthy to bear sin in order to redeem a people to God. The proof of his sonship is not in displays of power or fanciful works, but in humble submission and trust as he walks in righteousness before the Father. While Satan tempts him to satisfy himself, prove his Sonship, and choose an easier path, Jesus endures the struggle of temptation to show that he is the glorious and faithful Savior. Jesus will succeed where all men before him failed and the church rejoices that in him we shall succeed over temptation and trial for God's glory and our joy.


Martin Luther

“Well, when he comes knocking upon the door of my heart and asks who lives here, the dear Lord Jesus goes to the door and says, 'Luther used to live here, but he has moved out. Now I live here.’”

Charles Spurgeon

"Though you become greatly sanctified by the Holy Spirit, expect that the great dog of hell will bark at you still."

"Don’t suppose that it is only the worldly-minded who have dreadful thoughts and blasphemous temptations, for even spiritual-minded persons endure the same; and in the holiest position we may allow the darkest temptation. The utmost consecration of spirit will not insure you against Satanic temptation. Christ was consecrated through and through. It was His meat and drink to do the will of Him that sent Him: and yet He was tempted!"

"Like the old knights in times of battle, we must sleep with helmet and breastplate buckled on, for the arch-deceiver will seize our first unguarded hour to make us his prey."

Thomas Brooks

"In every temptation let us look up to a crucified Christ, who is fitted and qualified to support tempted souls. Oh my soul, whenever you are assaulted, let the wounds of Christ be your city of refuge where you may fly and live."

Fellowship Starters

  • How does God leading Jesus into the wilderness for temptation reveal the worthiness of Jesus as a Savior and Redeemer? How ought this event to stimulate your affections toward Jesus?
  • How has your view of the Spirit's role in the life of the believer changed through chapters 3-4 of Matthew?
  • How does Biblical truth enable a believer to overcome sin and temptation?
  • What is the nature of temptation? What is the devil's intent when he brings temptation into the life of the believer? How should I resist temptation in light of the devil's designs? What verses can you think of that articulate the nature of temptation and resisting it?
  • How does Hebrews 3:12-14 instruct us as to our responsibility to help other believers walk in the path of belief and thus enter
  • How does this passage reveal the foolishness of pursuing self-fulfillment apart from obedience and dependence to God? Why does disobedience to God always leave a person dissatisfied?
  • How do the temptations of Satan inform the believer of the foolishness of failing to believe in God?