Summary: An obedient life is pleasing to God.
CHRIST’S WILDERNESS TEMPTATIONS
Text: Mark 1:12-13
And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan;
and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
Intro: The temptation of Christ: —
Where our Captain bids us go,
’Tis not ours to murmur no;
He that gives the sword and shield
Chooses too the battlefield
Where we are to fight the foe.
An awful and mysterious passage in the life of
One whose tastes and habits were the very opposite
of those of the prophet of the desert —
One who loved men and cities, social dialogue, and
scenes of active usefulness.
No sooner does Jesus undergo the high consecration
of baptism than, instead of stepping forth into public life,
He flees to solitude.
We cannot uncover the deep mystery of this season of
thought and trial.
The Spirit descended on Christ driving Him to solitude
and meditatation on the great work which lay before him.
There, in a wilderness setting, Jesus could consider the
need to obtain inward mastery of His own stupendous
He could there wrestle with and conquer the fearful
temptations that would rise up, urging Him to desecrate
those powers to selfish purposes.
Theme: An obedient life is pleasing to God.
I. CHRIST WAS TEMPTED.
A. He was tested to be our example.
B. by the more searching ordeal of a direct persuasion to evil
1. In all there is a lower as well as a higher nature.
a. a self-interest
b. as well as a conscience of duty
2. If Christ was tempted, it follows that
a. No innocence and no strength can make a soul
never to be tempted.
b. to feel the force of temptation is no proof of
II. Christ was tempted BY SATAN.
A. Temptation arises from without as well
as from our own hearts.
B. This is why the purest mind is liable to it.
C. Man is tempted when he is drawn away of his
own lusts and enticed.
D. James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."
III. Christ was tempted AT THE BEGINNING OF HIS MISSION.
A . The greatest obstacles often beset the first steps
of a new course —
1. in attempting a new work
2. in first attacking a bad habit
3. in entering on the Christian life
4.This tests genuineness and teaches humility,
self-constraint, and reliance on God.
B. It is a great thing to begin the Christian campaign
with a victory in the first battle ( i.e., making that
first sale ).
IV. Christ was tempted WHEN UNDER HIGH SPIRITUAL
INFLUENCES. “The Spirit driveth Him.”
A. God permits, nay, requires, us to pass through
the fire of temptation.
Illustration: Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is;
delayed obedience is disobedience. Whoever strives to withdraw from
obedience, withdraws from Grace.
_____Thomas a Kampis
B. Great spiritual happiness is often followed by deep
depression, i.e., Elijah. C. New endowments bring new dangers. Those who
stand highest are in danger of falling lowest. D. Illustration on despair: It is often in our darkest times that God makes