First Sunday during Lent: How to handle temptation to not do Righteous Acts, Pray, or keep your Fast
During the Sundays before Palm Sunday, we are looking at the readings that we will hear in church. We are reading these in parts. You may want to have God pick the readers by putting the names of the parts on folded pieces of paper and people draw them. Shoe size, age, longest burp – you name it; there are lots of ways to find the right people for the parts.
This reading has 3 voices:
Narrator: The Spirit then led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. After this fast, He was, as you can imagine, hungry. But He was also curiously stronger, when the tempter came to Jesus.
Devil: If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.
Jesus: It is written, “Man does not live by bread alone. Rather, he lives on every word that comes from the mouth of the Eternal One.”
Narrator: Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city, Jerusalem, and he had Jesus stand at the very highest point in the holy temple.
Devil: If You are the Son of God, jump! And then we will see if You fulfill the Scripture that says: He will command His heavenly messengers concerning You, and the messengers will buoy You in their hands So that You will not crash, or fall, or even graze Your foot on a stone.
Jesus: That is not the only thing Scripture says. It also says, “Do not put the Eternal One, your God, to the test.”
Narrator: And still the devil subjected Jesus to a third test. He took Jesus to the top of a very high mountain, and he showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in all their splendor and glory, their power and pomp.
Devil: If You bow down and worship me, I will give You all these kingdoms.
Jesus: Get away from Me, Satan. I will not serve you. I will instead follow Scripture, which tells us to “worship the Eternal One, your God, and serve only Him.”
Narrator: Then the devil left Jesus. And heavenly messengers came and ministered to Him.
I wonder why Jesus was doing before the Devil came to the desert to tempt him?
I wonder how the Kingdom of God is different than all the kingdoms of our world?
I wonder what it means to worship the Eternal One?
I wonder what it means to serve the Eternal One?
I wonder how we can worship and serve the Eternal One through our Acts of Righteousness, our Prayer, and our Fasts this week?