Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Tomasino
Here's a preview from Pastor Tony for this Sunday's sermons:
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
Soon after he was baptized, before he began his public ministry, the Bible tells us that Jesus went into the wilderness, where he was tempted by the Devil. Matthew and Luke tell us of three of his temptations (there may have been more): to turn stones into bread; to jump off the top of the temple; and to worship the Devil in exchange for rule of the kingdoms of the world. Each time, Jesus responded to the Devil by quoting Old Testament passages that were remarkably applicable to his situation.
It might be hard for us, at first glance, to relate to the kinds of temptations that Jesus experienced. We’ve probably never felt tempted to transform rocks into rye, or to trade our souls for world domination. But when we think a little deeper about the principles involved here, we’ll see that Jesus’s temptations weren’t all that different from the temptations we face. And we can also see that the Bible passages he quoted are relevant to our trials, as well.
For the next three weeks, we’ll be looking at the temptations of Jesus.
Join us at 9:30 or 11:00 am
(or online—but you know we’d love to have you here in person!) and discover how Jesus’ temptations might be more relevant to us than we’ve imagined.