Luke 4:1-13 The Defeat of Temptation There is something about a fight that most men and even some women love. That is obvious by the popularity of sports. What is a football or baseball game? In it is essence, it is a fight between two teams. But it is not just teams that people enjoy watching fight it out. It can also be individual men. From the gladiators of old to the Smack Down arenas of today, people are interested in watching a good fight. This text contains the fight of fights. It is a fight between the King of Darkness and the King of kings, between evil and good, between darkness and light. This fight, however, has some interesting consequences. As we begin thinking about the text, consider some things: 1. The significance of this fight. While it centers on Jesusí temptation, this fight is about much more than just one Manís victory or defeat. This battle will determine whether there is any hope for salvation. 2. The help this fight can offer. We are getting a close up, slow motion look at how Satan attacked Jesus and how Jesus defended against those attacks. The benefit of seeing this kind of match up would be priceless to anyone who wants to be victorious in their Christian life,. I. This is a re-match of a battle fought 4,000 years ago. A. The original took place between Adam and Satan. 1. Adam is some times referred to as the First Adam. 1Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soulÖ. a. He has that title because Adam represented all of humanity. b. That is, what Adam did not just effect him. It effected us all. 2. As our first representative, Adam was pure but untried. a. Typically, I refer to that as innocent. b. You canít call what Adam was perfect because if he had truly been perfect, he would not have been able to fail. c. However, when tempted, Adam did fall. d. His fall has had eternal consequences. Romans 5:17 For if by one manís offence death reignedÖ. e. Because Adam fell, we are all sentenced to death and hell. B. However, God in His mercy gave us another Adam, and by doing so, demanded another match. 1Cor 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1. Jesus is the Last Adam. a. You might be tempted to call Jesus the Second Adam, but do not do so. b. To have a first and second would imply there could be a third and fourth. c. There wonít be. Mankind has used up our allotted number of times to battle Satan. 2. The Last Adam was like the first Adam in many ways. a. He also represented the entire human race. (1) Whatever Jesus loses will cost the whole human race. (2) However, whatever Jesus gains will be made available to the whole human race. b. Jesus was pure, sinless. c. And Jesus had to be tried. (1) So this battle is re-match. (2) Jesus is facing temptation for us. (3) His goal is to win back what the first Adam lost. C. What we are seeing here is not the whole battle. 1. The whole life of Jesus was the battle. 2. What we are seeing here is a close up of just one round. 3. However, this is a good opportunity to see how the Last Adam dealt with and defeated Satan throughout His earthly life. 4. If Jesus is tempted and fails, man has no hope. a. Jesus is not a second Adam but the LAST Adam. b. There is no other. c. If Jesus fails, mankind would be lost. II. Lessons to help in our temptation battles. A. Each temptation struck hard against a desire of Jesus. 1. Temptation and His Desires a. \\#Luke 4:2-3\\ Jesus was hungry. (1) Jesus had been 40 days and nights without eating anything. (2) The Bible mentions Jesusí hunger as if it were just a fact. (3) If you are the one who is hunger it is more than just a fact! b. \\#Luke 4:5-7\\ Jesus did want the kingdoms which Satan possessed. (1) Satan had taken those kingdoms from Adam. (2) Jesus came to get them back. c. \\#Luke 4:9-11\\ Jesus did want to prove that He was God. (1) We do not think of Jesus as having desires, but He is in a human body. (2) Regardless, even God has desires. (He desires us to be saved, to do what is right, to worship Him.) (3) Jesus wanted the people to know He is God. 2. Lessons: a. A temptation is not temptation unless it hits upon a desire. (1) Christians sometimes allow themselves to sin and say, "But that is something Iíve always wanted" or "I really needed that." (2) That is Satanís whole point! Why tempt you with some- thing you donít want or need! b. Satan has no scruples. (1) Satan is the kind of fellow who will tempt a starving man with food, a thirsty man with water, a dying man with life. (2) If you underestimate the extents Satan will go to get at you, you will be defeated before you get started. c. Satan will customize a temptation for whatever situation you are in. (1) What a deep bag of tricks this rascal has! (2) Here is a starving man and Satan tempts Him to turn stones into bread; here is the Son of God and Satan tempts Him to force God into a rescue. (3) Satan is great at customizing his attacks to whatever situation you are in. (a) So your wife is out of town and, suddenly, you meet a gorgeous lady? (b) So you are out of work and guess what kind of job just came open? (c) So you wanted to take a trip and so and so just asked you to go with him? (4) Christian, wake up and smell the coffee! You are being played like an old violin. B. Not everything Jesus was tempted to do was bad. 1. There was nothing wrong with turning stones to bread. 2. The wrong in this temptation was not WHAT Satan wanted Jesus to do but what Jesusí actions would have MEANT. a. If Jesus used supernatural power to deal with natural problems, it would mean that He was not "tested in all points like as we are." b. You and I donít have the power to turn stones into bread, leaves into dollars, broken down heaps into running automobiles. c. If Jesus is going to fight FOR the common man, He is going to have to be LIKE the common man. 3. This should broaden our definition of what a temptation. a. Temptations are not always good verses bad and wrong verses right. b. Sometimes a temptation can be about Godís way verses manís way, best verses good, faith verses works, testimony verses convenience. 4. Lesson: a. Believe it or not, we might have to think spiritually in order to comprehend what the real temptation is about! b. We need all the prayer and Bible truth we can get to discern what Satanís motives really are. (1) In my younger days, I liked to play chess. (2) I bought a computerized chess board and played against it. (3) Although I was not very good, I remember the thrill of looking ahead to see an attack that was being set up for me. (4) And I remember the frustration of stepping into a trap without ever seeing it coming. C. Power alone is not a cure-all in temptation. 1. People like to imagine how perfect things would be if something were different. a. If God would just answer their prayers. b. If they made more money. c. If they looked a certain way. 2. Jesus had all power butÖ a. Having the power to turn stones to bread didnít cure His hunger. b. Being offered a easy kingdom did not by-pass the painful cross He would have to hang upon. c. Having angels at His side did not give Him an easy way to prove who He was. 3. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit \\#1\\ but He still had to face temptation. 4. Lesson: a. Donít look for temptations to get easier as you grow stronger. (1) Easier is really not what the Christian life is about. (2) The stronger we are in Christ, the more difficult the tasks are that Christ asks us to bear and the fewer the people are who are willing to bear them. b. Being stronger may mean that we overcome our first temptations, but there are always harder temptations out there to tackle. D. \\#Luke 4:4, 8, 12\\ Jesus defeated Satanís temptations with Scripture. 1. If you get what I said about the stones and bread, you understand that Jesus was not just trying to withstand Satan, He was with- standing Satan using only the resources which are available to us. a. Jesus had the Holy Spirit. b. Jesus had the Scriptures. c. Those are the same resources which are available to us. d. The same victorious outcome which Jesus experienced, we can experience. 2. It may sound over-simplified, but being spiritually strong is not about learning secrets. It is about using what God has made available to us. a. The same tools which I preach to the new convert are the tools which will make a strong Christian. 1. Read, study, memorize the Word of God. 2. Practice praying. 3. Be faithful to attend and to serve in a Bible-believing, Bible preaching, sin-hating, God-fearing church. (a) I read this morning where some big evangelical church has decided to preach that gays are a part of Godís design for the church. (b) Isnít it strange how the news picks the one church in a thousand that is caving into the world to publicize it? (c) Going to a church that isnít going to preach the truth isnít going to help you. b. Stronger Christians donít have more tools at their disposal. 1. They have the same Holy Ghost, the same Bible, the same access by prayer, the same Christian fellowship as every- one else. 2. The difference is they have learned how important those resources are and take full advantage of them! This text does not contain the fight of the century, but the fight of history. Because the Last Adam went the full ten rounds without succumbing to Satan, He was able to take back all that the First Adam had lost. Jesus had no secret moves. The account is given so that we can clearly see how He won the fight. Now it is time for us to go and do likewise.
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