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WE BEGIN WITH REST - Mark 2:27–28, Luke 6:5, Luke 13:14, Isaiah 58:13–14 Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Christian, “Find your weekly refreshment in ME!” In a seventh–day Sabbath, the emphasis is on six days of work first, and then the Sabbath day...

A FAULTY SYSTEM OF WORKS - Luke 6:9–11, Luke 6:5, Ephesians 2:8–9, Titus 3:4–6 Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the religious person, “We are saved by grace, and not by works.” Sometimes our actions have the exact opposite result than we desired or expected: ...

CHRIST OUR CREATOR -  Exodus 20:11, Deuteronomy 5:15, Isaiah 58:13–14, Luke 6:5 Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the theologian, “Jesus is God!” The Greek word “Lord” in the New Testament (“kurios”) has the basic meaning of “Master” – but is also used to translate...

CHRIST OUR IDENTITY - Exodus 31:13, Luke 6:5, Galatians 2:20 Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Jew, “Let Me be your identity!” God’s covenant with Moses was the sign of the Sabbath. It was given to remind Israel of their Creator. Unlike Abraham’s sign of...

SABBATH SURRENDER - Luke 6:2 & 7, John 11:47–48, Luke 22:25–26, James 4:13–15 Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” say to the Pharisee, “You are not large and in charge – I am!” The term “Lord” in the New Testament is used for both, “Master” and “Lord God.” The...

IT IS WRITTEN - Luke 4:1-12; Psalm 1:2-3; Psalm 119:9-11 In the face of the overt temptations Jesus faced in this passage, He replied with God’s Word. But he didn’t just quote words as some kind of magical incantation. He spoke truth to the lies each temptation was based on. There’s much for...

WHO YOU ARE - Luke 3:22; Luke 4:2; Ephesians 1; Ephesians 2; Ephesians 3 What was the last thing Jesus heard as He headed off into the wilderness for 40 days? He spent that time alone, most assuredly pondering the implications of what God had just declared. How did the Father’s words...

THE HOLY SPIRIT - Luke 3:22; Luke 4:1; Galatians 5:16-17 Three times the ministry and work of the Holy Spirit is linked to Jesus. He’s called the “HOLY” Spirit. When we’re filled with and led by the Holy Spirit, enticements to evil won’t be as attractive or appealing. Begin your day with a...

KEEP THE LINE OPEN - Luke 3:21, Matthew 6:9-13, Mark 1:35 Note the phrase, “and while He prayed …” Certainly a commitment to constant communion with God was a major part of Jesus’ ability to deflect temptation. Bear in mind that a major component in temptation’s attraction is deceit. Staying in touch...

IT'S COMING - Luke 4:1-2; Luke 3:21; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 1 Corinthians 10:13 When examining how Jesus dealt with temptation in Luke 4, people often begin with Luke v. 4. But His preparation for handling temptation begins back in v. 21 of ch. 3 where we read of His baptism. Jesus was...