This is the fourth day of Lent. The reading is Matthew 4:1-11. (If you want to listen, scroll to the bottom of the page for the audio player.)
I don’t have a lot of time to blog today (I’m at a Free Church conference), but I really like Tom Wright’s take on the temptation of Jesus – it’s about defeating the ruler of the world so that Jesus can fully claim that place!
Wright closes with these words: “Once more, we are not simply spectators in this extraordinary drama. We, too, are tempted to do the right things in the wrong way, or for the wrong reason. Part of the discipline of Lent is about learning to recognize the flickering impulses, the whispering voices, for what they are, and to have the scripture-fuelled courage to resist. We, too, are part of the ongoing battle for heaven’s rule to be established on earth. Every successful fight against temptation is one more step on the road to the ultimate victory.”
Man, I was going to link to “Laden With Guilt” – almost my all time top favorite hymn on the subject of God’s (written) Word. But I couldn’t find any vids on Youtube. Anyone want to make a music video?