Summary: We may have many teachers whom we respect and would love to meet and question – but we worship and submit to Jesus.
Dakota Community Church
October 17, 2010
Jesus on Scripture - 2
11I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
We may have many teachers whom we respect and would love to meet and question – but we worship and submit to Jesus.
Last week we saw what Jesus had to say about scripture
Today we will cover Jesus’ use of scripture in three areas:
1. Personal duty
What did the Lord require of Him?
What would set the standards in His life?
What would be the value that would govern His life and where would they come from?
1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
4Jesus answered, "It is written: ’Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"
5Then 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.’"
7Jesus answered him, "It is also written: ’Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’"
8Again, 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."
10Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ’Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’"
Tempted to disobey, doubt, and desert God; Jesus replies, resists, and refutes with scripture.
Jesus does not change His position based on difficult circumstance.
He is near death from starvation after 40 days, what’s the big deal? Make bread and live to fight another day.
The scripture says otherwise.
How often do we want to change our values or lower our standards based on need, opportunity, practicality or even something as miniscule as shifting cultural norms – Jesus demonstrates that the scriptures do not change and we serve them – not the other way around.
In that same passage we also see the second example in the area of:
2. Official ministry
How and when did Jesus come to know who He was and what He had come to do?
In the passage above the devil throws this question at Him – “If you are the Son of God…”
It is not the only time this ministry of redemption would be called into question.
21From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!"
23Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?"