3-09-14: Peer Pessure & Other Temptations


Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11

Temptation is a problem in human life. Adam and Eve succumbed to temptation whereas Jesus did not. To avoid robbing this Sunday of its theological depth, we must take seriously scripture's claim that Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness: Feeding people is good. Demonstrating God's power to rescue us is good. Having Jesus rule the world with righteousness would be good. What Jesus would have had to sacrifice for these good outcomes is what made those temptations wrong. The temptation to choose a lesser good because it is easier than pursuing a great good is something we all can relate to.

Yours on the journey, B. J. Beu