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March 10, 2019

Not today, Satan, Not today

Luke 4:1-13 The Temptation of Jesus

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. 3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4Jesus answered the devil, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’
5Then the devil led Jesus up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. 7If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8Jesus answered the devil, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God,
the Lord alone shall you serve.’

9Then the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10for it is written,
‘God will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you,’
11and
‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’

12Jesus answered the devil, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’
” 13Having finished every test, the devil departed from Jesus until an opportune time.

Because when we come face to face with the temptations and evil of this world, we have a savior who is standing right along-side of us.

When we encounter the lures of wealth and pride – we say, “not today Satan…”

When we encounter the economic injustice of poverty and discrimination – we say, “not today Satan…”

When we encounter racism and homophobia – we say, “not today Satan…”

When we encounter gender inequality and believe that we are somehow not pretty enough – we say, “not today Satan…”

When we find ourselves struggling with self – doubt and feelings of our inadequacy – we say, “Not today Satan, not today – because I am a baptized believer, a beloved child of God, your evil power had no dominion here.”

Because Jesus is still in the middle of our wilderness places and is with us in all these temptations and “opportune times” that Satan would have us down. Jesus is still showing up, looking that temptation and evil square in the eyes, and with all the sass and judgement that only a drag queen could muster, proclaiming loudly “not today Satan, not today… this is one of my beloved children, so you are going to need to get the heck on outta here.”

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