The Inside Column 10/03

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

We now come to the first Sunday of Lent, a 40-day time, excluding Sundays, for reflection and repentance. These 40 days commemorate the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness where He would be tempted three times by Satan. It is a time where some Christians fast from some food or activity they enjoy and spend more time in prayer and reflection.

The Temptation of Jesus

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendour; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  If you worship me, it will all be yours.”  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’” The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw        yourself down from here.
For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you

to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in

their hands, so that you will not strike your

foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” When the devil had     finished all this tempting, he left him until an

opportune time.

        – Luke 4:1-13

There are three accounts of the Temptation. Mark is the shortest, but provides two details which are not in Matthew and Luke. The first is that Mark uses the word ekballo (driven out) which gives the idea of a forceful thrusting of Jesus into the      wilderness in comparison to Luke who uses a softer verb meaning “was led.” The other is that Mark mentions that Jesus was with the wild beasts.

Remember to check your details in the parish roll in the foyer, and note the date of the AGM. Every year we need to elect the vestry, so grab a vestry member tell them you love them and nominate them again. If you think someone would make a good vestry member then nominate them.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Philip

 

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