Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What About Jesus?

My friend Cindy Rhudy asked a question. "Followers of Christ are warned in scripture that we will often be hated by the world, as Jesus himself was. But our modern culture has been given a false impression of what Christlikeness truly is. How can we begin to turn the tide in 2011 and show the world the real Jesus?"

My answer to her was to find out more about Jesus in order to become more like Him...more questions! So I decided to record what I and others were discovering over on the "big" networking site. We got started with Matthew Chapter 1 of the New Testament. As of yesterday, we were on to Chapter 4:

Matthew 4

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Matthew 4: 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

and they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Deb Darby - EXPECT temptation! RECOGNIZE it! REFUSE it!
Oh, the precious angels!

Matthew M. - exactly...I was thinking the same thing this morning. When we're expecting temptation we're more apt to respond according to God's will.

Deb Darby - Thanks, Matthew for contributing. For me this morning, it was tears of joy at the fact that I, WE are why Jesus died. If the angels ministered to HIM, how much more will they do so for us?! Can you "hear" this in writing?... I just LOVE and WORSHIP Him!

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