We can learn much here about temptation, and we will. But this is not so much about the nature of temptation as it is about the victorious obedience and submission of the son of God to the will of the Father. In fact, the Devil’s basis for temptation is Christ’s identity as the son of God.v3: If you are the son of God… v9: If you are the son of God. How did Jesus prove himself to be the son of Godin his temptations?
As the Baptist entered the scene, a general spirit of rank sinfulness had settled over Israel, especially among the spiritual leadership. What was John’s prophetic ministry to the Jewish people to help them get ready for Christ? This morning , I want us to see three important aspects of John’s message, all of which still have important instruction for us today.
This Passage is about the hope that Jesus brings as a former age is being brought to an end, and a new age is about to begin. Here emblems of an old age passing away are brought face to face with Jesus. Some of these emblems have to do with the Law: circumcision, purification, consecration, and even the temple itself. Other emblems are seen in the elderly, godly saints and their satisfaction in Christ.
Last week, we looked at Gabriel’s announcement of the birth of John the Baptist yo Zachariah. This passage, where the birth the Christ is announced to he virgin Mary, is known to Christians as the annunciation. As Luke tells us of the annunciation, there are three central lessons important for us to notice.