Luke 4:1-13 – The Temptation of Jesus

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Feb 12th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 4:1-13


  • Spirits leading in the “wilderness”
  • Battle with good and evil (Jesus and Satan)
  • Importance of the Word
  • Jesus is in the wilderness… The Exodus.  They failed but Jesus did not. Jesus is the TRUE ISRAEL
  • Jesus demonstrated His Lordship, and we can learn from Him!
  • God does not temp people only Satan
    • Lures to do evil
  • People can test God
    • Our sinful desires to do that which is against the things of God
    • Daring God to prove Himself

The Devil

  • Diablo – Accuser (in the court room)
    • God is not. Jesus is not
  • Tempting Jesus to act apart (independently) from God
  • Offering shortcuts to living a faithful life of trust and obedience.
  • The devil will use the same tactics to tempt us.
  • Notice what Satan brings into question when he tempts Christ, just as he will tempt us to sin against God. 

Our Needs – vv. 3-4

  • If you are the son of God
    • Questioning who Jesus is
  • Putting immediate needs over eternal purposes
  • My needs or God’s will
  • Physical nourishment/Spiritual nourishment

Our Worship – vv.5-8

If you, then, will worship me

  • Giving to Satan what belongs to God.
  • Our allegiance, worship
  • We glorify Him as we live under His LORDSHIP

Our Faith – vv. 9-13

  • If you are the Son of God
  • Satan twists Scripture to test God.
  • Not trusting in the truth and promises of God’s Word

Truths to Consider

Temptation is not sin

Temptation will come to everyone.

We must learn to resist.

  • We do not rebuke, but RESIST (just say NO)
  • Ephesians 6:13
  • James 4:7
  • 1 Peter 5:8-9

We utilize spiritual weapons (Follow the example of Jesus)

  • Prayer – Luke 3:21
  • God’s love – Luke 3:22
  • Power and presence of the Spirit – Luke 4:1

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