Pilgrim Uniting Church

12 Flinders St, Adelaide, SA

SUN 05-MAR-2017 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Vikki Waller – Length 18:31

Lent 1 – There is more in the story of Jesus resisting temptation in the wilderness, than to use it to teach that because Jesus resisted temptation, then so should we. In the traditional form of the Lord's Prayer we say, "Lead us not into temptation"; yet shortly after Jesus was baptised, God did lead him into temptation. This is more than a moralistic story, it is a story about the identity of Jesus as God's representative on earth. By experiencing temptation, we discover who we are; and so it was with Jesus in the wilderness. When we are tempted, is the spirit that leads us a good one, or is it a bad one?
Genesis 1: 15-17 & 3: 1-7; Matthew 4: 1-11