Overcoming Temptations: Bread and Word

Pastor Samuel Son

Luke 4:1-14

When Christ returns from the 40 days of temptation, Christ returns with the power of the Holy Spirit to inaugurate the Jubilee. Temptations are opportunities to grow in the power of the Spirit. We will pay attention to the temptations of Christ and the temptations of the disciples in the Passion Week to learn to overcome our temptations.

In the temptation of Christ, the first things to remember is that it is first a historical event and not merely a moral lesson. In Christ’s temptations, Christ undid the consequences resulting from the failure of Adam and Israel in their temptation.

 

We face our temptations with confidence in Christ for Christ has already overcome. We can lean on Christ’s sympathy and power when we are tempted.

 

In the bread, we face the temptation of fundamentals. Bread is a necessity for life, but it is not fundamental. God’s Word is more fundamental. Indeed, all of the physical world is grounded on God’s Word. Life is the breath of God’s speech.

 

God’s Word than first means our spiritual life. By spiritual life we means the life created by relationship with God. Our spirit is our relationship with God.

 

Secondly, God’s Word mean meaning. As spiritual beings, beings-in-relationship-with-God, we are also asking about the meaning of our life. Animals do not ask about the meaning of life.

 

We have bought into the Maslow’s hiearchy of need which puts the physical first and spirituality as the final need we can seek after our primary needs are met. In the contrary, our first need is our spiritual need, to connect with God and find meaning in life.

 

Application:

-Identify your “bread” what you put first as your need over your spirituality.

-Use Lent as a season of giving up bread for God’s Word. Read scripture with the time created by what you give up.

-Read the Word in chunks and not in verses.