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The Deciding Vote

You shall worship the Lord your God, and only Him shall you serve
Luke 4:1-13

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Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 4:8

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An American philanthropist went to Israel to inspect several Houses of Worship to which he had been sending contributions. In an obscure corner of Negev he met with the rabbi of an impoverished synagogue. "We need more help," the rabbi pleaded. "This place is falling apart and the congregation is too poor to do anything about it." "Tell me, rabbi, how much do they pay you?" the visitor asked. "Twenty five dollars a month," said the rabbi. "That's all these poor people can afford." "But how do you manage to live on that?" came the next question. "Well, I'm a religious man," said the rabbi, "and if I didn't fast three times a week, I'd starve to death."

Today's Gospel Lesson is the story of that supremely good religious man named Jesus who went into an obscure corner of the desert in Israel where He fasted for forty days without starving to death. "Jesus was led by the Spirit for forty days in the desert," Luke tells us. "He ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended He was hungry."

Jesus retreated alone into the desert to prepare for His public ministry. And during that forty-day retreat, He was "tempted by the devil," Luke tells us. Physically, He was alone. Spiritually, He was not alone. With Him were God and Satan, fighting for His soul.

Temptation is a confrontation of the Forces of Good and the Forces of Evil in which God opts for Goodness and Satan opts for Wickedness. The person whose soul they're fighting for casts the deciding vote. In that desert experience described in today's Lesson, Jesus cast the deciding vote. And in your own experience -- your day-to-day experience -- you cast the deciding vote.

Like Jesus in the desert, you must choose...

...between obedience to the Father's Will and obedience to Satan's;

...between God-centeredness and self-centeredness;

...between service to others and self-service;

...between God's promise of fulfillment in His Divine Life of Love and Satan's promise of fulfillment in power and money and creature comforts.

A mother had prepared a good, nutritious lunch [...]

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