Luke 4:1-13
"Critical Confrontation"

On the eve of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he is led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness where he will face Satan, the enemy of God and all that is good.  Satan will do his best to turn Jesus from trusting and obeying his Father, but at every point, Jesus overcomes.  As we step back from the story what we recognize is that Jesus is recapitulating the life of Israel - and our lives too - and at every point where we fail, Jesus triumphs.  Through faith in Christ, not only are we forgiven, but his victory becomes ours and we are set on a new path as his disciples and as children of the Father.