Lenten Series Part 1: God Moves…Into the Wilderness
This morning we will begin a 7-week sermon series that will explore the reality of how Jesus’s earthly ministry was one of moving from place to place, and in the process, how he also moved through every part of human experience. We will think together about how as Jesus moved, so too are we called to move…to grow and change, because as Jesus-Followers, we cannot stay the same.
Will Willimon claims that “temptation is a function of hunger” and I think he’s right because when Satan enters the story and tries to woo Jesus to the ‘dark side’ this seems to be his main theme. “If you are really God,” says Satan, “make bread, minister to their hunger, because that’s really the object of their worship…the real reason they fall in their knees, finger their rosaries, put their dollars in the plate, wear big wooden or beautiful gold crosses around their necks…. bread! They think you are the source of their prosperity!”
Like it or not Satan is right…and in the wilderness, the dry parts of lives, those wild barren places, are often where our “hunger” on many levels intensifies…they are opportune times for the wiles of Satan to tap those hungers that are not Godly. The God news is Jesus is able to resist temptation in the wilderness and he will just go ahead and be God…no matter what. God on the Move: A Lenten Sermon Series Part 1: God Moves…into the Wilderness
Sermon God on the Move