The Kingdom Unveiled #5 – Matthew 3:13-4:11

Matthew 3:13-17
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to stop him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you come to me?”  15 Jesus answered him, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John allowed him to be baptized. 16 When Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”

> After a major spiritual victory, expect temptation.

> Satan’s main purposes in the world are to frustrate the plan of God and to seize the place of God.

>> His two-part plan:

1) Attack the image-bearers

2) Attack the image of God

Matthew 4:1-2
1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

Mark 1:13
13 He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving him.

Gr. ekballoimpelled

Gr. peirazō – to test

> Why did Jesus need to be tested by Satan?

1) To demonstrate his divine kingship

2) To demonstrate the pattern for human victory over temptation

After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 

> 3 tests of Satan:

1) Serve yourself

Matthew 4:3-4
Then the tempter approached [Jesus] and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.  He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Deuteronomy 8:3
3man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

>> We are to surrender to, and depend on God, waiting on His provision, rather than grabbing satisfaction for ourselves, whenever we think we need it.

2) Test God

Matthew 4:5-7
Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will give his angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”

>> We are told to believe first, and then, when we see miraculous things, it strengthens our faith.

3) Worship Satan

Matthew 4:8-10
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to him, “I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.”

>> We are to place our minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Matthew 4:11
11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and began to serve him.

Luke 4:13
13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

> Fight temptation with the truth of God’s Word.

The Kingdom Unveiled #4 – Matthew 3:1-12

> Who is John the Baptist?

Malachi 3:1
1 “See, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to his temple, the Messenger of the covenant you delight in—see, he is coming,” says the Lord of Armies.

Malachi 4:5-6
Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”

Luke 1:11-17
11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified and overcome with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb.16 He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.17 And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”

> Prophecies about John the Baptist:

1) God will send a messenger

Malachi 3:1 “See, I am going to send my messenger…”

Malachi 4:5 “Look, I am going to send you the prophet Elijah…”

Luke 1:15 “…he will be great in the sight of the Lord.”

   Luke 1:17 “…he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah…”

2) He will prepare the way of the Lord

Malachi 3:1 “…he will clear the way before me.”

Luke 1:17 “…to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.”

3) He will turn hearts toward each other

Malachi 4:6 “…he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.”

Luke 1:16 “…he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”

Luke 1:17 “…to turn the hearts of fathers to their children…”

Matthew 3:1-3
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” For he is the one spoken of through the prophet Isaiah, who said: A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord; make his paths straight!

Isaiah 40:1-5
1 “Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of forced labor is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” A voice of one crying out: “Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness; make a straight highway for our God in the desert. Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be leveled; the uneven ground will become smooth and the rough places, a plain. And the glory of the Lord will appear, and all humanity together will see it, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Matthew 3:2
2“Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!” 

Repentance isn’t just feeling bad for our sin.

It’s an action, a change of direction.

Repentance isn’t something we do before we come to God.

It’s what we do as we come to God.

Matthew 3:4-6
Now John had a camel-hair garment with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then people from Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the vicinity of the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins.

Matthew 3:11-12
11 [John said,] “I baptize you with water for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not worthy to remove his sandals. He himself will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”  12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn. But the chaff he will burn with fire that never goes out.”