Thursday, March 05, 2020

The Bethany Bullet Sermon Message - Week of March 1, 2020

Sermon Message: “A God Who Would Suffer Such Indignity”
Text: Matthew 4

"The Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil."  Lent begins with the account of an event arranged by God, an experience directed by the Spirit in which Jesus will face temptations familiar to each of us; and not for a second even consider "giving in" to the temptations.  Temptations we've faced.  Question God's sufficiency (why are you going without?); Doubt God's honesty (given the circumstances can God's promises be trusted?) Deny God's supremacy (count stuff or self or both above God).

Jesus suffers this indignity (He who is The Way, Truth and Life, is willing to be questioned, critiqued and cajoled by the one whose path is destruction, the father of lies, and seeks the spiritual and eternal death of God's children) and through faith grants us His identity.  
– Pr. Kevin Kritzer  


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