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The Temptation of Jesus 2.18.2018

Mark 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
12 And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

There are two temptations stories in the Bible: There is man's temptation and there is Christ's temptation. All other temptations are connected to these two temptations. When man is tempted, man will fall, when Christ is tempted, Satan will fall.

In the first temptation, Satan succeeded in separating us from God and His Word. (Genesis 3)

In the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus demonstrated the Oneness in the Trinity which is not ever able to be separated. The temptation was a demonstration of victory. For how could the Word go against the Word? It is impossible!

The victory of Jesus over Temptation of Satan
John 14: 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.
30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,
31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Living in the world of Satan‚€™s Temptation
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

KJV John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.


Lords Prayer: Lead us not into temptation. To allow oneself to be torn away from God. While the normal temptations of life can pull us away from God, it is that we get caught up in other pursuits in life which then become idols. We pray: Let nothing become a temptation to me.

A Mighty Fortress is our God:
Take they, then, what they will, Life, goods, yea, all; and still, E‚€™en when their worst id done, They yet have nothing won, The kingdom ours remaineth.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

Living in the Spoils of Jesus‚€™ Victory over Temptation: Faith
1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Hebrews 4:14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Be of good cheer, for we are more than conquerors through Him who has loved us. Romans 8:37

Let us continue to enjoy the spoils of Christ‚€™s victory, for by faith His victory is our victory.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 18 Feb 2018 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
We Saw God! 2.11.2018
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and from Jesus the Christ, His only Son from eternity!

In our journey to the cross with Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, we are fast forwarding to the 8th chapter to the 2nd part of the Gospel, and will return back to Mark 2 on June 2nd. We are doing this as we are nearing the time when we observe Lent which is the period from February 14th (Ash Wednesday) through Easter morning. (April 1st). There are forty days during in this time frame, not counting Sundays. From chapter 1 through verse 26 of chapter 8 of Mark, Jesus has been not only been speaking with the authority of His Father but He has also been displaying His divine power over sickness, over nature and over demons by healing the sick, raising the dead, feeding the hungry, by casting out demons and so forth.

May we look at the 15 miracles that He performed up through Mark 8:26..

1. He commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man in the synagogue (1:23-26)
2. He healed Simon's Mother-in-law (1:30-31)
3. He Healed a Leper (1:40-45)
4. He forgave the sins of the man sick of the Palsy and healed him physcially (2:1-12)
5. The healed the withered Hand of the man in the synagogue on the Sabbath Day (3:1-6)
6. He stilled the Storm (4:35-41)
7. He cast the evil spirit out of the wild man in the country of the Gadarenes (5:1-20)
8. He raised the Daughter of Jairus from the dead (5:21-43)
9. He healed The Afflicted Woman (5:25-34)
10. He fed the Five Thousand (6:30-46)
11. He Walked on the Water (6:47-56)
12. He cast a devil out of the Syrophoenician Woman's Daughter (7:24-30)
13. He healed the man that could not speak and was deaf (7:31-37)
14. He Feed the Four Thousand (8:1-9)
15. The Blind Man Near Bethsaida (8:22-26)

He now asks His disciples as to whom do people say He is, but more directly He asks them: But whom do you (plural) say that I am?
Jesus then reveals His mission for the world by dropping a bombshell on the disciples as to His sacrificial and redemptive work. He is more than a physical healer, for He came to heal our sin sick souls. He yet had another big lesson for them, as He was going to allow His Godness to shine through to them (Peter, James and John), as He visited with the Old Testament Law Giver Moses and the Old Testament Prophet Elijah. He spoke to those two of His upcoming exodus out of this world through the cross of redemptive suffering. (Luke 9:30-31)

Mark 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.
31 And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
32 And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.
33 But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
34 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.
36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

KJV Mark 9:1 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.
5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
6 For he wist (knew) not what to say; for they were sore afraid.
7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
8 And suddenly, when they had looked round about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

As I have been meditating upon this portion of scripture, I have realized that there are so many directions that one could go in considering what happened on the Mount of Transfiguration. At the very basic sense, Jesus, after having performed the 15 miracles and using them as springboards to teach of the grace and power of God, reveals the pathway that He would take to His suffering, death and then to His resurrection, takes the three men, Peter, James and John up to the mountain with Him in order to display His glory in a physical sense. Peter, as per his nature, had a response to the event as he proposed making three tents: One for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. It appears that he was very stymied in what to do with that divine revelation of God in Jesus the Christ.

As the cloud overshadowed them, they heard a voice come out of the cloud and the words were heard from out of the cloud: ‚€œThis is my beloved Son: hear Him.

And suddenly, when they looked around about, they saw no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves.

It is very difficult for us to read this account with the mind of someone like Peter, for we know the rest of the story. Let us take a shot at it in this manner.

Last week in the message I asked the question of us all which went like this: What are three main periods in our lives something occurred that caused a major redirection in our journey through life?

I shared three instances in Apostle Paul‚€™s life that he experienced or wrote about which were redirection type of happenings. He was met and changed on the road to Damascus by Jesus the Christ, (Acts 22:6) he testified that he was the chief of sinners who was saved as an example or pattern in order that others could be saved (1 Tim 1:15) and he wrote of how his life was not of any value to him, other than to be a vessel by which he would preach the gospel. (Acts 20:24)

It was very gratifying to me that after that message a number of people shared with me of how those three questions had gotten them to think into their own lives. And in the week that has passed others have willingly shared of some of their transitional periods.

We know that for the moment Peter responded in confusion in the excitement of the moment, but how did he look at this happening after having time to think about it and put it in its proper place. He recounts the experience but points to the Word as the sure foundation.

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

May we hear Him when He speaks to us out of His Word.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala


February 18 Readings for next Sunday, the First Sunday in Lent

Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15
Posted on 11 Feb 2018 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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The Temptation of Jesus 2.18.2018
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