Matthew 4:1-11    “Runnin’ With the Devil”

Life is full of choices, it seems, even for Jesus.  Jesus was tempted too.  Lest we think that Jesus was merely refusing the offers of the devil because Jesus was an ascetic, we need to notice that he has clear theological reasons behind each of his choices.  What if, in our own lives filled with temptation, we founded our decisions, as often as possible, on our understanding of who God is?  We’d have to know two things very well: what God desires for us and for creation; and that we can trust God.  How can we learn and teach these with one another as a Christian community?  How will it affect the choices we make in the world?