Posted by: gbake783 | February 23, 2011

Luke 4:1-13 – Christ Overcomes Temptation

Christ’s triumph over Satan obliterates the notion that one has to experience sin to be competent to advise or counsel against it. I often hear councilees (especially when I was a youth pastor) something to this effect, “You can’t understand. You’ve never gone through what I’ve been through.” This line of reasoning is merely an excuse to keep at bay the spiritual counsel we know we should heed. Christ, despite taking Satan’s best shot – something that is never true of us – never succumbed. He, more than anyone, is competent to counsel us against our sin. Why do we beat back would-be counselors because they have managed to navigate life without falling in a particular area? 

 As a corollary, Satan’s temptations illustrate an extraordinary consistency in the way he hooks us. Satan’s temptations simply offer modern bait on the same old hooks. For this reason, believing parents and/or counselors ought not feel intimidated by modern temptations. Teens often shun their parents’ counsel because their parents didn’t grow up with social media, cell phones, ubiquitous wifi connections, etc. Even though we grant that visual media flood with unprecedented velocity, the essence of sin has not changed. Sin still appeals to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. We can trust that God’s Spirit will inform us of any unrighteousness, no matter what form modernity packages it.

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