First Sunday in Lent
March 10, 2019
Old Testament: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Epistle: Romans 10:8-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13.
Why was Jesus tempted? He was tempted in our place because we can’t resist the devil on our own. He defeated Satan in the wilderness. Jesus gave Himself as the one, once-for-all offering to save the whole world gone sinful.
He who would not preserve His life by turning stones to bread gave His life for us on the cross of Calvary. He who stood on the temple’s apex had nothing to prove to anyone; He showed Himself our Savior when crucified—innocent—for us, the guilty. He certainly didn’t have to worship anyone to gain the world; He had already made it all. Out of His great love, He died to take the whole world’s sin on Himself. His Word of forgiveness, life, and salvation is ever and always near us so that we trust Him come what may.
As we lament our sin and confess our guilt and shame, we fix our eyes on Jesus who has called us by name and forgiven us. He leads us to everlasting life just as He is risen from death and reigns as Lord for all eternity.