Today is the second Sunday of Lent and we continue our journey to the cross. Our reading is taken from Psalm 27.
The psalms were a rich part of Jesus’ life, in fact, it is the Old Testament book which Jesus quoted the most in his preaching and teaching. This particular Psalm addresses the issue of opposition. We explore the "One Thing" King David (and Jesus) turned to in times of opposition.
Read this week’s Bible passage: Psalm 27 [NIV]
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We start our first Sunday of Lent with the temptation of Jesus: a powerful moment where Jesus held unswervingly to his calling despite the powerful temptations thrown at him. While we might rarely face temptation that clearly, we do face temptation daily, and a life shaped by Jesus is the only way we can face it and come through whole on the other side.
Resisting temptation can be really hard sometimes - that’s why it’s called temptation, after all. When certain sins become habitual we might be telling ourselves that God is too perfect and holy to understand that he’s expecting of us something that we simply cannot do. But Jesus, having taken on the weakness of humanity, was tempted in every way that we are: to give in to the hungry cravings of his flesh; to grasp for power, influence, and authority (by compromising the legitimate path to his reign which lead through the suffering of the cross); and to be provoked by pride into doing what he should not. He understands our struggle - he is compassionate towards us in our temptations. And because he made it through temptation without sin, he is the only one qualified to help us. Through dependence on Jesus, we can do what we feel is impossible to do on our own - we CAN endure temptation without giving in to sin.
Read this week’s Bible passage: Luke 4:1-13 [NIV]