The One Year New Testament

May 24

Luke 4:1-13

Luke 4:1-13

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”

And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’

11 and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.

Reflection

Jesus experiences genuine temptation as a man, which enables him to fully sympathize with the weaknesses of humanity (Heb. 4:15). He models for us what gospel faith looks like —trusting the Lord to provide rather than making sinful decisions in difficult circumstances. In each temptation the Devil pre­ sents a half-truth. But in each temptation Jesus sees the bigger picture and fully trusts in his Father to provide what he needs when he needs it. This kind of faith-filled, gospel living brings glory to God alone and strengthens us to defeat temptation.

Ephesians 2:11-18

Ephesians 2:11-18

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Reflection

Throughout the Bible we see that the greatest privilege people can have is to be near to God (Ex. 19:4–6; Rev. 21:3) and the greatest curse is to be banished from his presence (Gen. 3:23; Hos. 1:9).

In these verses Paul announces the seemingly impossible: the Gentiles (nonJews) who were once excluded from the promises of God have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:11–13). More than that, the hostility between Jew and Gentile has been broken down (v. 14). The ceremonies of circumcision, holy days, and kosher food which divided Jew from Gentile have been removed. The cross of Christ is the means of reconciliation for those presently divided by ethnicity, nationality, upbringing, economic status, or any other earthly distinctions that wrongly separate us.

Psalm 119:133

Psalm 119:133

133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Thoughts For Prayer

Battle your temptations by prayerfully rehearsing the promises of God. He has given them to you to help you fight against the pull of sin.

Missions Prayer Requests More

  • May 24, 2024

    Supported Workers: Indigenous Church Planting Organization in Arab & Muslim Countries

    Countries:

    Pray for Brother Phillip as he travels to Burundi, Rwanda, and Benin to visit and set up more schools. Pray for safe travels, and good health. Continue to pray for their workers in Mauritania, Mali, and Chad who are undergoing persecution, and for protection for the workers in Sudan amidst the fighting there. Pray for all their leaders to live lives of holiness and to model godly living for their students. Pray for the leaders of the school in Burundi. They were arrested due to insufficient paperwork. They have since been released, but please pray for no more trouble or repercussions.

    Canada (North America). Population: 39,107,046 Believers: 7.7%. One of the world’s leading industrial nations with the lowest public debt of G8 nations, Canada is marked by freedom of religion; however, rapid secularization and pluralization are taking place at every level. The influence of Christianity has seen a long, sustained decline in Canadian society. Pray for a much-needed revival, starting in the church and radiating outward to address the failure of relevance, morals, and theological and spiritual dynamism in the Church. Pray that Canadian Christians would be more concerned with being loving witnesses to the gospel than with political agendas and culture wars.
    From Operation World DVD-ROM 2010 and www.operationworld.org