"I'll Be Back!"

Theme: Satan is continually tempting us. 1st Sunday after Lent, Yr. C
Object: A DVD or a Video Tape (Does anyone have those anymore?)
Scripture: When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 (NIV)
Do you have a DVD player? A VCR? Does anyone even have a VCR anymore? At our house we love to watch movies. We watch three or four movies every week. You know, it is amazing how much movies affect our daily lives. The clothes we wear, the music we listen to, even the way we talk is often influenced by movies. A movie website, myfilms.com, asked 2000 people, "What famous phrase from the movies do you use most often in everyday conversation?" Here are some of the phrases that were used most often:
  • "Life is like a box of chocolates" from the movie Forrest Gump
  • "Beam me up, Scotty" from Star Trek (Even though it wasn't actually in the movie.)
  • "May the force be with you" from Star Wars

Do you know what the number one movie phrase was that people said they used most often in every day conversation? It was, "I'll be back" from the movie "Terminator." I hope you haven't seen that movie, but you may have heard someone use the quote from Terminator, "I'll be back."

In our Bible lesson today, Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and he was very hungry.

The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread."

Jesus answered, "No! The Scripture says, 'People do not live by bread alone.'"

Next, the devil took Jesus up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world. "I will give you all of these kingdoms and the authority over them if you will worship me."

Jesus replied, "The Scripture says, "You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him."

Then the devil took Jesus to Jerusalem. He took him up to the highest point of the Temple and said, "If you are the Son of God, jump off! The Scripture says that 'God will order his angels to guard and protect you. They will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone.'"

Jesus answered him, "The Scriptures also say, 'You must not test the Lord your God.'"

Do you know what the devil did? He gave up, but he would come back and try again. It is as if the devil was saying, "I'll be back."

We are tempted just as Jesus was tempted. What did Jesus do when he was tempted? He turned to Scripture to answer the devil's temptation. That is a great plan, isn't it? When we do what the Bible tells us to do, we are able to resist the devil's temptation. But be careful! Just because you resist the devil one time doesn't mean you can let your guard down. Remember, the tempter is saying, "I'll be back."

Heavenly Father, over and over again the devil tempts us to do things we should not do. Help us to study your Word so that we will know how to resist the devil when he tries to lead us astray. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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