Sunday Worship

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Grace of God in the Presence of Jesus

The Temptation of Jesus

~  Stay Close to Jesus ~

Major Steven

Dear Family and Friends of Kitchener Community Church,

A popular interest according to television/internet commercials is discovering our ancestry.

People have had a lot of fun and spent many hours working with their family names and sometimes with a sample of DNA exploring their ancestry.

The information they learn can be about their country of origin and how many different ethnic groups comprise their background. I have personally known of people who have discovered that they descend from a great person of history (a king, a queen or even a rebel and a spy).

According to one commercial you can even become a part of ancestry tourism. After discovering certain aspects of your ancestry you may want to plan a trip to a place of origin to discover where your people came from.

We find Jesus in Matthew chapter four, verses one to eleven being asked about his ancestry.

We are with Jesus in the wilderness. At the approximate age of thirty, Jesus has just come fresh from the waters of baptism. Jesus saw the heaven’s open and “…the Spirit of God descending like a dove…”

It is not clear who heard the voice, but God’s voice from heaven nevertheless clearly reveals Jesus’ ancestry, “This is my Son, who I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Before Jesus begins his God given ministry, Jesus spends forty-days and forty nights in the wilderness, without eating, learning what it means to be the Son of God.

At times we also have to go away from the various distractions that can interfere with our lives, to really concentrate on what is foundational and important.

At this time of stress and separation, when his defences are down, the tempter questions, “If you are the Son of God…”

The tempter questions Jesus’ identity. “If you are the Son of God…” Jesus made it through the time of trial with his identity intact and after the test, “the angels came and attended him.”

By God’s grace our ancestry is also undamaged. We are promised that through Jesus we too are children of God. We are loved by God and God wants to be in relationship with us. There is no greater ancestry truth then that.

Blessings on your week, your friend Steven