9/3/17 – Facing the Adversary
A week ago the sports world was focused on the over hyped fight billed as “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History”. It was a professional boxing match between undefeated boxing World Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts (MMA) World Champion Conor McGregor. Mayweather extended his winning streak to 50 victories by defeating McGregor by technical knockout in the 10th round. While the outcome was predictable, both fighters walked away with millions of dollars each, so in a sense they both won. One just won more than the other.
Our passage this Sunday lays out a truly epic battle where there would be only one winner. The outcome would have eternal consequences for all of mankind.
This is the story of the most monumental and mysterious spiritual battles of all time. The personal confrontation between Jesus Christ and Satan. The encounter occurred after Jesus’ baptism, where The Father proclaimed out of heaven, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased” (3:17). Our text demonstrates why Jesus was well-pleasing to His Father. Jesus listened to His Father’s Word and applied His Word to His daily life.
The purpose of Matthew recounting this event is to demonstrate the pattern of Jesus’ victory over temptation and sin, a pattern that Jesus longs to share with all who belong to Him. When we face testing and temptation we too can be victorious over the adversary’s attempts to corrupt us and to usurp the Lord’s rightful place in our lives. May we too look at this passage and learn how to stand strong in time of battle and find the same victory Jesus found over the enemy of our soul.
I hope to see you this Sunday as we examine this epic battle, “A Spiritual Showdown In The Desert”. The fight between good and evil, between light and darkness, between obedience and disobedience, between Jesus and Satan. You already know the outcome, but we must never forget… Satan is alive and well and still seeking to devour all those who are pleasing God in any way.