The True and Greater Israel
This sermon is the fifth in our series Ancient Grace.
Where does the story of Jesus start in the Bible? How you answer that question is going to shape the way you read and understand most of your Bible, particularly the Old Testament. The contention of this sermon series, Ancient Grace, is that the whole Bible, even the Old Testament is actually all about Jesus – about God’s grace to us in sending us a Saviour to save us from our sin.
In this sermon we consider Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in Luke chapter 4. Cast against the backdrop of Israel’s wilderness wanderings in Deuteronomy, and knowing how they fared in their testings there, the obvious question is how will Jesus respond? As we reflect on the tests he faced and the resistance that he offers, we find our answer to the question “Is he really the true and greater Israel?”