Preparing for Sunday is a resource for clergy and the laity to get ready for the upcoming Sunday using a text from the Revised Common Lectionary. This week’s text is from Luke 4:1-13.
Do you have questions or answers to the questions? Leave them in the comments.
Here are some questions to think about the text:
- The temptation of Jesus is found in the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 4:1-11 and Mark 1:12-13). Read the other versions. What is similar in all three stories? What’s different?
- The passage tells us that it is the Spirit that leads Jesus into the desert. Theologian Justo Gonzalez says that “Even while the devil is tempting Jesus, it is God who is ultimately in control, and it is God who not only allows but causes Jesus to be tempted.” Do you agree that God is allowing Jesus to be tempted? Why or why not?
- What is the significance of Jesus being tempted? Does that make him any less the Son of God?
- Theologian Fred Craddock says that good can be found within temptation. He says the devil doesn’t say, “Do you wish to be as the devil?” but, “Do you wish to be as God?” Do you agree or not? How do you see temptation?
- Think of a time when you were tempted? How was it similar to Jesus in the desert? How was it different? How did it change your faith?
What are your answers? What are your questions? Feel free to share them by responding to this post in the comments section or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.