Word’s of Christ from Luke
Passage #3 Lesson 1
Jesus answered, ” It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ “
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Satan tempts Christ for forty days: Luke 4:1-13 Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms of this world usurped from Adam. LK 4:8) Jesus answered, ” It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’ ”
At the very beginning of Jesus ministry the devil makes his purpose known. Ever since he wrested God’s appointed authority over the earth from Adam he has been awaiting his opportunity to take eternal control of all creation from God.
Satan may have been attempting to take advantage of Jesus mortal weakness. Mistakenly thinking that in his character there would be a weakness for power and a lust for authority that could be tempted to circumvent his Fathers plan for his life… After all his cunning had deceived God’s first Adam.
Just a short time before this Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist as he was praying heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: you are my Son, whom I love: with you I am well pleased.
Being the incarnate son of God and having been fully fortified with the power of the third person of the trinity, we are told that the Spirit of whom Christ had been indwelt was leading him through the temptations by Satan.
Satan it is said was able to instantly reveal all the world’s kingdoms and the extent of their authority and their splendor to Jesus. These kingdoms and their authority he had usurped from Adam and he now boasts that he will give them to Jesus if he will worship him.
The Spirit filled incarnate son of God, “without missing a beat”, disarms the tempter with these magnificent words. “It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.
Later in his Ministry Jesus reveals himself to a very unlikely person. Unlikely, as she was a Samaritan woman. Not just any Samaritan woman, but a very immoral Samaritan woman. The Jews did not associate with Samaritans which they considered to be half breeds both physically and spiritually. The other odd thing from the woman’s point of view, was Jesus asking her for a drink from a vessel she had touched. This Jewish man would make himself unclean, according to his traditions.
Jesus mindful of her confusion and perhaps realizing her receptiveness to his witness told her. “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have give you living water.
Upon hearing this she smirks that he has nothing to draw water with from this deep well and asks, Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well.
Jesus told her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed the water I give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
The woman said sir give me this water.
Jesus said go call your husband and come back.
I have no husband she replied.
After telling her of her present and past immoral relationships they get into a discussion about worship on the mountain occupied by the well.
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
21 Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know;we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship.2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b] faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
1The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, 4 because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, O God.’”[a]
Christ is the answer to all of your puzzling circumstances. Worship him and serve him only.