The 3rd great event in the earthly life of Christ was His Temptation. This event is perhaps one of the most vital as we seek to love and follow Jesus all our days. Why? Jesus met and defeated Satan as a man. And against the bleak panorama of the Judean Wilderness we see this beautiful sight, a totally obedient servant who wins the battle because He obeys the Word of His Father in Heaven. So can we!
Satan the enemy of God and man is alive and well on planet earth tonight. This evening his silent invaders are swirling through the air. All our lives they lurk around us as the infernal warriors of the Kingdom of Darkness. As we see in Mark's Gospel record, Satan's attack is clear. Like hideous locusts Satan and his demons swarm to nourish their horrible appetites upon on the filth of spiritual wickedness. They find resistance only from those few and far between warriors of the kingdom of light. That's right, you and me this evening are enemies to Satan and his hosts.
God's Word assures us that we are 'more than conquerors through Christ‚ÄĚ. As we enter the realm of spiritual warfare lets pray for peace. As we learn and grow we will find Satan is a defeated foe, a weakened adversary and crushed enemy. We have the victory through Jesus who lived the perfect life. Jesus left the perfect example. God's Word records the ultimate method for resisting Satan's attacks - the model Jesus left for us.
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...