Dividing lines

Week beginning: 15th July, 2018 | By Caroline Eade | Cambridge

The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone.'"

Luke 4:3-4 (NIV 2011)

As lawyers, we are often looking for dividing lines. Do the facts fall on this side of the law or the other? Is my client likely to be liable/convicted or not?

It is easy to think of sin in the same way. Am I on the right side of the line or not? Is this "a sin" or isn't it? But here Satan turns even bread into a temptation. Good in itself, taken on Satan's terms it would have amounted to Christ distrusting his Father. As Paul writes, "...everything that does not come from faith is sin." (Rom 14:23)

Praise God that Jesus did not give in to Satan's offer. He lived solely by the word of God, and completely did his Father's will. We are inevitably on the wrong side of the line – he alone is our source of righteousness. Let us live by faith in him alone, and give up on our attempts at self-justification.

Prayer Points:

1. Give thanks for Christ's perfection and righteousness, and the fact that unlike Adam, he did not believe Satan's lies.

2. Pray for opportunities to explain to colleagues and friends the offer of peace with God that can only be found in Christ.