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  • 1. EYEBALL TO EYEBALL Mt 4:1-11
  • 2. “If in some smothered dreams, you too could pace  Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writing in his face. His hanging face, like a devil‟s sick of sin; if you could hear him, at every jolt, the blood Come gargling from the froth- corrupted Lungs, Bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues—My friend, you would not tell with such high zest, To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old lie: “Sweet and fitting it is to die for one‟s country.‟” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 3. War is one of the most vile & corrupt inventions of  fallen man. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 4. War is one of the most vile & corrupt inventions of  fallen man.  Satan stands behind man‟s invention of war. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 5. War is one of the most vile & corrupt inventions of  fallen man.  Satan stands behind man‟s invention of war. › “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask” (Js 4:1-2, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 6. War is one of the most vile & corrupt inventions of  fallen man.  Satan stands behind man‟s invention of war. › “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask” (Js 4:1-2, ESV). › Satan himself is involved in a great cosmic struggle. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 7. “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels  fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—w he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Rv 12:7-9). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 8. This passage involves a huge battle in that giant war.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 9. This passage involves a huge battle in that giant war.  › Satan brings his best to Jesus & Jesus fights back with all his might. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 10. This passage involves a huge battle in that giant war.  › Satan brings his best to Jesus & Jesus fights back with all his might. › One man aptly said that in this text Jesus & Satan stare each other down “EYEBALL TO EYEBALL.” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 11. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to  be tempted by the devil” (v 1, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 12. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to  be tempted by the devil” (v 1, ESV). › The Gr word for “tempt” can mean to “tempt” or to “test.” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 13. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to  be tempted by the devil” (v 1, ESV). › The Gr word for “tempt” can mean to “tempt” or to “test.” › The word often means test in the NT. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 14. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to  be tempted by the devil” (v 1, ESV). › The Gr word for “tempt” can mean to “tempt” or to “test.” › The word often means test in the NT.  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial [same word], for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (Js 1:12, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 15. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to  be tempted by the devil” (v 1, ESV). › The Gr word for “tempt” can mean to “tempt” or to “test.” › The word often means test in the NT.  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial [same word], for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (Js 1:12, ESV).  “By faith Abraham, when he was tested [same word], offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son” (Heb 11:17, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 16. “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to  be tempted by the devil” (v 1, ESV). › The Gr word for “tempt” can mean to “tempt” or to “test.” › The word often means test in the NT.  “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial [same word], for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (Js 1:12, ESV).  “By faith Abraham, when he was tested [same word], offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son” (Heb 11:17, ESV). › Jesus is being tested as well as tempted. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 17. The three passages Jesus quotes come from a  passage where God is testing the Israelites. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 18. The three passages Jesus quotes come from a  passage where God is testing the Israelites. › 2 from Deut 6 & 1 from Deut 8. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 19. The three passages Jesus quotes come from a  passage where God is testing the Israelites. › 2 from Deut 6 & 1 from Deut 8. › God brought his people into the wilderness to tempt them. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 20. The three passages Jesus quotes come from a  passage where God is testing the Israelites. › 2 from Deut 6 & 1 from Deut 8. › God brought his people into the wilderness to tempt them: “And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not” (Deut 8:2, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 21. The three passages Jesus quotes come from a  passage where God is testing the Israelites. › 2 from Deut 6 & 1 from Deut 8. › God brought his people into the wilderness to tempt them: (Deut 8:2). › Jesus is here tested to see his true allegiance to God. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 22. The significance of this passage is to demonstrate  Jesus as the King of the Jews. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 23. The significance of this passage is to demonstrate  Jesus as the King of the Jews. › Jewish texts at this time spoke of kings being anointed (as Jesus was at his baptism) & then immediately being tested. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 24. The significance of this passage is to demonstrate  Jesus as the King of the Jews. › Jewish texts at this time spoke of kings being anointed (as Jesus was at his baptism) & then immediately being tested. › Thus, I‟m convinced it‟s no accident that the Spirit guided Matthew to write in this manner. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 25. The significance of this passage is to demonstrate  Jesus as the King of the Jews. › Jewish texts at this time spoke of kings being anointed (as Jesus was at his baptism) & then immediately being tested. › Thus, I‟m convinced it‟s no accident that the Spirit guided Matthew to write in this manner. Jesus is being demonstrated as the King who can withstand testing. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 26. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 27. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  › Jesus prayed that we not be led into temptation (Mt 6:13) & he encouraged the disciples to pray the same (Mt 26:41). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 28. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  › Jesus prayed that we not be led into temptation (Mt 6:13) & he encouraged the disciples to pray the same (Mt 26:41). › Yet, here the Spirit leads Jesus right into temptation. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 29. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  › Jesus prayed that we not be led into temptation (Mt 6:13) & he encouraged the disciples to pray the same (Mt 26:41). › Yet, here the Spirit leads Jesus right into temptation. Why?  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 30. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  › Jesus prayed that we not be led into temptation (Mt 6:13) & he encouraged the disciples to pray the same (Mt 26:41). › Yet, here the Spirit leads Jesus right into temptation. Why?  › Jesus‟ temptation was necessary for his ministry as High Priest. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 31. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  › Jesus prayed that we not be led into temptation (Mt 6:13) & he encouraged the disciples to pray the same (Mt 26:41). › Yet, here the Spirit leads Jesus right into temptation. Why?  › Jesus‟ temptation was necessary for his ministry as High Priest. › “We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:15-16, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 32. The Spirit led Jesus into temptation.  › Jesus prayed that we not be led into temptation (Mt 6:13) & he encouraged the disciples to pray the same (Mt 26:41). › Yet, here the Spirit leads Jesus right into temptation. Why?  › Jesus‟ temptation was necessary for his ministry as High Priest. › Heb 4:15-16. › Because Jesus sinlessly faced temptation, he is able to help us when we are tempted. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 33. Satan tempts Jesus in 3 distinct ways.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 34. Satan tempts Jesus in 3 distinct ways.  › We have often categorized this passage according to 1 Jn 2:16: “All that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world” (ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 35. Satan tempts Jesus in 3 distinct ways.  › We have often categorized this passage according to 1 Jn 2:16: “All that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world” (ESV).  These temptations do fit those categories. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 36. Satan tempts Jesus in 3 distinct ways.  › We have often categorized this passage according to 1 Jn 2:16: “All that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world” (ESV).  These temptations do fit those categories.  That‟s likely no accident. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 37. Satan tempts Jesus in 3 distinct ways.  › We have often categorized this passage according to 1 Jn 2:16: “All that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world” (ESV).  These temptations do fit those categories.  That‟s likely no accident. › But, this morning, we‟ll look at these temptations through a different lens. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 38. Satan tempts Jesus in 3 distinct ways.  › We have often categorized this passage according to 1 Jn 2:16: “All that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world” (ESV).  These temptations do fit those categories.  That‟s likely no accident. › But, this morning, we‟ll look at these temptations through a different lens. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 39. Satan is tempting Jesus to take the easy way out of  being the Messiah. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 40. Satan is tempting Jesus to take the easy way out of  being the Messiah. › Turning the stones into bread is an opportunity for Jesus to show himself as the Son of God. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 41. Satan is tempting Jesus to take the easy way out of  being the Messiah. › Turning the stones into bread is an opportunity for Jesus to show himself as the Son of God. › Jumping off the pinnacle of the temple is an opportunity for Jesus to be worshiped as the Son of God. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 42. Satan is tempting Jesus to take the easy way out of  being the Messiah. › Turning the stones into bread is an opportunity for Jesus to show himself as the Son of God. › Jumping off the pinnacle of the temple is an opportunity for Jesus to be worshiped as the Son of God. › Worshiping Jesus is an opportunity for Jesus to be the King of all in an easy, swift manner. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 43. Satan is tempting Jesus to take the easy way out of  being the Messiah. › Turning the stones into bread is an opportunity for Jesus to show himself as the Son of God. › Jumping off the pinnacle of the temple is an opportunity for Jesus to be worshiped as the Son of God. › Worshiping Jesus is an opportunity for Jesus to be the King of all in an easy, swift manner. This text is about Jesus‟ avoiding the cross.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 44. Satan is tempting Jesus to take the easy way out of  being the Messiah. › Turning the stones into bread is an opportunity for Jesus to show himself as the Son of God. › Jumping off the pinnacle of the temple is an opportunity for Jesus to be worshiped as the Son of God. › Worshiping Jesus is an opportunity for Jesus to be the King of all in an easy, swift manner. This text is about Jesus‟ avoiding the cross. Satan  tells Jesus that he can be the Messiah without the cross. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 45. These temptations go right to the heart of who God  is & who God is. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 46. These temptations go right to the heart of who God  is & who God is.  These temptations concern: › GOD‟S PROVISION. › GOD‟S PROTECTION. › GOD‟S PRAISE. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 47. God‟s Provision vv 2-4
  • 48. Jesus fasted 40 days & 40 nights.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 49. Jesus fasted 40 days & 40 nights.  › Moses also fasted 40 days & nights (Ex 24:18). › After Moses had fasted, he gave the people the Law. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 50. Jesus fasted 40 days & 40 nights.  › Moses also fasted 40 days & nights (Ex 24:18). › After Moses had fasted, he gave the people the Law. › After Jesus fasts, he gives his Law, the Sermon on the Mount. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 51. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 52. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). › How many of us would want to go a single day without food? Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 53. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). › How many of us would want to go a single day without food? › Satan says, “If you are the Son of God . . . .” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 54. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). › How many of us would want to go a single day without food? › Satan says, “If you are the Son of God . . . .”  Jesus is the Son of God (3:17). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 55. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). › How many of us would want to go a single day without food? › Satan says, “If you are the Son of God . . . .”  Jesus is the Son of God (3:17).  Maybe Satan hopes that Jesus doubts the voice from heaven. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 56. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). › How many of us would want to go a single day without food? › Satan says, “If you are the Son of God . . . .”  Jesus is the Son of God (3:17).  Maybe Satan hopes that Jesus doubts the voice from heaven.  But, Satan likely wants Jesus to prove his deity once & for all. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 57. Because Jesus is hungry, Satan says to him, “If you  are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread,” (v 3, ESV). › How many of us would want to go a single day without food? › Satan says, “If you are the Son of God . . . .”  Jesus is the Son of God (3:17).  Maybe Satan hopes that Jesus doubts the voice from heaven.  But, Satan likely wants Jesus to prove his deity once & for all.  Who has the power to turn stones to bread?  If Jesus does so, it will prove that he is the Son of God. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 58. Satan temps us in our weakness.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 59. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 60. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Jesus is hungry!! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 61. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Jesus is hungry!! › Satan tempts us in our weaknesses. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 62. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Jesus is hungry!! › Satan tempts us in our weaknesses.  “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate” (Gn 3:6, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 63. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Jesus is hungry!! › Satan tempts us in our weaknesses.  Gn 3:6.  “Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death” (Js 1:14-15, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 64. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Jesus is hungry!! › Satan tempts us in our weaknesses.  Gn 3:6.  Js 1:14-15, ESV. Satan knows our weaknesses—he knows Jesus is  hungry. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 65. Satan temps us in our weakness.  › Why did Satan tempt Jesus to turn stones to bread? Jesus is hungry!! › Satan tempts us in our weaknesses.  Gn 3:6.  Js 1:14-15, ESV. Satan knows our weaknesses—he knows Jesus is  hungry.  If Satan knows our weaknesses, how much more we need to know them! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 66. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 67. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  › Satan wants Jesus to turn stones into bread & forget that it is God who feeds us. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 68. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  › Satan wants Jesus to turn stones into bread & forget that it is God who feeds us.  Jesus quotes Deut 8:3: “He humbled you and a let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 69. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  › Satan wants Jesus to turn stones into bread & forget that it is God who feeds us.  Deut 8:3.  God sent his people manna in the wilderness & bodily food is secondary to the food of God‟s Word. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 70. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  › Satan wants Jesus to turn stones into bread & forget that it is God who feeds us.  Deut 8:3.  God sent his people manna in the wilderness & bodily food is secondary to the food of God‟s Word.  Jesus says, “Satan, I‟m depending on the Father for food; he will provide.” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 71. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  › Satan wants Jesus to turn stones into bread & forget that it is God who feeds us.  Deut 8:3.  God sent his people manna in the wilderness & bodily food is secondary to the food of God‟s Word.  Jesus says, “Satan, I‟m depending on the Father for food; he will provide.”  Are we not often tempted to depend on ourselves & not God? Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 72. Satan tempts us to trust in ourselves & not in God.  › Satan wants Jesus to turn stones into bread & forget that it is God who feeds us.  Deut 8:3.  God sent his people manna in the wilderness & bodily food is secondary to the food of God‟s Word.  Jesus says, “Satan, I‟m depending on the Father for food; he will provide.”  Are we not often tempted to depend on ourselves & not God? › Let us not forget GOD‟S PROVISION! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 73. God‟s Protection vv 5-7
  • 74. Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 75. The pinnacle was about 300 ft above the Kidron  Valley & a fall would have meant certain death. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 76. The pinnacle was about 300 ft above the Kidron  Valley & a fall would have meant certain death.  But, Satan quotes Ps 91. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 77. The pinnacle was about 300 ft above the Kidron  Valley & a fall would have meant certain death.  But, Satan quotes Ps 91. › Can you imagine the reaction of the Jews if Jesus had jumped & God‟s angels had caught him? Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 78. The pinnacle was about 300 ft above the Kidron  Valley & a fall would have meant certain death.  But, Satan quotes Ps 91. › Can you imagine the reaction of the Jews if Jesus had jumped & God‟s angels had caught him? › Even the Pharisees & Sadducees might have believed in him!! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 79. The pinnacle was about 300 ft above the Kidron  Valley & a fall would have meant certain death.  But, Satan quotes Ps 91. › Can you imagine the reaction of the Jews if Jesus had jumped & God‟s angels had caught him? › Even the Pharisees & Sadducees might have believed in him!! But, Jesus refuses to put God to the test.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 80. Why did Jesus jump? Wouldn‟t the angels have caught him?
  • 81. Satan misuses Scripture.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 82. Satan misuses Scripture.  › Satan knows Scripture so well that he can twist it masterfully. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 83. Satan misuses Scripture.  › Satan knows Scripture so well that he can twist it masterfully.  “Did God actually say, „You shall not eat of any tree in the garden‟?” (Gn 3:1, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 84. Satan misuses Scripture.  › Satan knows Scripture so well that he can twist it masterfully.  “Did God actually say, „You shall not eat of any tree in the garden‟?” (Gn 3:1, ESV).  God said nothing like that—if he had, Adam & Eve couldn‟t have eaten! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 85. Satan misuses Scripture.  › Satan knows Scripture so well that he can twist it masterfully.  “Did God actually say, „You shall not eat of any tree in the garden‟?” (Gn 3:1, ESV).  God said nothing like that—if he had, Adam & Eve couldn‟t have eaten! › Ps 91 speaks of God‟s protection in the day of trouble, but it does not speak of purposefully putting ourselves in trouble! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 86. Satan still has those who misuse Scripture.  Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 87. Satan still has those who misuse Scripture.  › “Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions” (1 Tm 1:6-7, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 88. Satan still has those who misuse Scripture.  › “Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions” (1 Tm 1:6-7, ESV). › “The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tm 4:3-4, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 89. Satan‟s temptation here goes to the heart of all  temptation—the desire for pride & prestige. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 90. Satan‟s temptation here goes to the heart of all  temptation—the desire for pride & prestige. › If Jesus had thrown himself from the temple, people would have worshiped at his feet. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 91. Satan‟s temptation here goes to the heart of all  temptation—the desire for pride & prestige. › If Jesus had thrown himself from the temple, people would have worshiped at his feet. › “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gn 3:5). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 92. Satan‟s temptation here goes to the heart of all  temptation—the desire for pride & prestige. › If Jesus had thrown himself from the temple, people would have worshiped at his feet. › “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gn 3:5). Every time we sin, aren‟t we really trying to become  God? Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 93. God‟s Praise vv 8-10
  • 94. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 95. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him. › On one hand, it‟s odd that Satan offers these kingdoms to Jesus, for they aren‟t rightfully his to give. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 96. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him. › On one hand, it‟s odd that Satan offers these kingdoms to Jesus, for they aren‟t rightfully his to give. › But, on the other hand, Satan is the ruler of this present world. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 97. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him. › On one hand, it‟s odd that Satan offers these kingdoms to Jesus, for they aren‟t rightfully his to give. › But, on the other hand, Satan is the ruler of this present world.  “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out” (Jn 12:31, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 98. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him. › On one hand, it‟s odd that Satan offers these kingdoms to Jesus, for they aren‟t rightfully his to give. › But, on the other hand, Satan is the ruler of this present world.  “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out” (Jn 12:31, ESV).  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me” (Jn 14:30, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 99. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him.  If Jesus would worship Satan, he would be the King—not just of the Jews—but of the world. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 100. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him.  If Jesus would worship Satan, he would be the King—not just of the Jews—but of the world. › In one sense, Jesus is the King of the world. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 101. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him.  If Jesus would worship Satan, he would be the King—not just of the Jews—but of the world. › In one sense, Jesus is the King of the world.  “Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth” (Rv 1:5, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 102. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him.  If Jesus would worship Satan, he would be the King—not just of the Jews—but of the world. › In one sense, Jesus is the King of the world.  “Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth” (Rv 1:5, ESV).  Notice that the text mentions Jesus resurrection & then mentions that he is “the ruler of the kings on earth.” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 103. Satan promises to give Jesus all the kingdoms of the  world if Jesus will bow down & worship him.  If Jesus would worship Satan, he would be the King—not just of the Jews—but of the world. › In one sense, Jesus is the King of the world.  “Jesus Christ [is] the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth” (Rv 1:5, ESV).  Notice that the text mentions Jesus resurrection & then mentions that he is “the ruler of the kings on earth.”  Without his death & resurrection, Jesus couldn‟t be “the ruler of the kings on earth.” Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 104. In order to be an earthly king, Jesus simply needs to  worship Satan—no cross, no pain, no suffering. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 105. In order to be an earthly king, Jesus simply needs to  worship Satan—no cross, no pain, no suffering.  Jesus, however, understands that only God deserves praise. Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 106. In order to be an earthly king, Jesus simply needs to  worship Satan—no cross, no pain, no suffering.  Jesus, however, understands that only God deserves praise. › “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” (Ps 95:6, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 107. In order to be an earthly king, Jesus simply needs to  worship Satan—no cross, no pain, no suffering.  Jesus, however, understands that only God deserves praise. › “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” (Ps 95:6, ESV). › Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (Ps 29:2, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 108. In order to be an earthly king, Jesus simply needs to  worship Satan—no cross, no pain, no suffering.  Jesus, however, understands that only God deserves praise. › “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” (Ps 95:6, ESV). › Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (Ps 29:2, ESV). Do we truly ascribe to the Lord the glory due his  name? Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 109. Satan stared down Jesus “EYEBALL TO  EYEBALL,” but Jesus stared right back & won! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 110. Satan stared down Jesus “EYEBALL TO  EYEBALL,” but Jesus stared right back & won!  This text contains wonderful news for us! Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 111. Satan stared down Jesus “EYEBALL TO  EYEBALL,” but Jesus stared right back & won!  This text contains wonderful news for us! › If we resist the devil, he will flee from us: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (Js 4:7, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 112. Satan stared down Jesus “EYEBALL TO  EYEBALL,” but Jesus stared right back & won!  This text contains wonderful news for us! › If we resist the devil, he will flee from us: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (Js 4:7, ESV). › We can overcome: “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Rm 8:37, ESV). Eyeball to Eyeball
  • 113. Are you resisting the devil?
  • 114. Are you resisting the devil? Do you need help?
  • 115. The full text of this sermon is available at: http://www.justinimel.com/eyeballtoeyeball.html

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