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JESUS IS TEMPTED IN THE WILDERNESS

KEY POINTS

  • After Jesus was baptized (last week lesson) beginning His ministry, Satan tempted Jesus.
  • Jesus was tempted 3 times in the wilderness, but relied on God’s truth to help him resist.
  • Jesus’ temptation is not primarily an example to be followed, but more a declaration of who Jesus is.

TALK POINTS

  • How can we resist temptation like Jesus to things that seem enticing or for our gain? (are the choices safe/harmful, will my choices glorify God and look out for the needs of others?, what is my motivation behind my choice?)
  • What does this story teach me about God? Myself? Others?
  • Even though Jesus never sinned, our power to resist temptation comes from Jesus.
  • We have hope even when we fail over and over because He was the perfect, sinless Savior.
  • Remember that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse us of all unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9)