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The Historical Jesus 4: Baptism and Temptations

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The Historical Jesus 4: Baptism and Temptations

Before he began his ministry, Jesus first had to receive John's baptism and then overcome Satan's temptations. After briefly explaining his baptism, Sean Finnegan goes into detail exploring why Satan's temptations were so tempting as well as what we can learn from Jesus' example. How does Jesus defeat Satan where Eve failed?

Course Notes:

This is lecture 4 of 16 from The Historical Jesus: What the Bible Says about the Life of Christ.

This class will help you answer the question: Who is Jesus? Join Sean Finnegan as he teaches through the Gospels to help you understand the biblical life of Christ. This class will inspire you to love Jesus, teach you to follow Jesus, help you to understand Jesus, and empower you to navigate the Gospels on your own.

For more information about this class or to access other lectures and articles by Sean Finnegan, visit
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Jesus Baptism and Temptations, Historical Jesus Lecture - Sean Finnegan

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"The Baptism and Temptations of Jesus" - Episode 4

We find Jesus on the banks of a river, asking to be baptized. Yet the question must be asked, why would a sinless man need to be baptized? In Cross Connections we explore the meaning and the importance of Jesus' baptism.
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Matthew 4 - Jesus' Baptism & Temptation: Neighborhood Bible Study with Caroline Friday

Jesus was baptized by John the Baptism as a public proclamation that He was the perfect, sinless, sacrifice for man's sins. After His sacrifice on the cross, there would be no more need to offer up bulls, sheep, and goats, and therefore the Mosaic, Levitical sacrificial system would be satisfied and become obsolete. His perfect, flawless, sinless God-blood would be the final blood offering the Father required.

Upon His baptism, an anointing came from heaven, where He was baptized with the Holy Spirit and declared by God to be His son, with whom He is well pleased. Essentially, the Father was declaring and proclaiming Jesus as the promised Messiah.

Jesus was then led into the wilderness where He was tempted by Satan. The purpose of His temptation was to prove His authenticity as Messiah. He satisfied the temptation of His flesh, soul, and spirit and emerged victorious, even after fasting 40 days and nights. He quoted the Word of God, believed it, and stood firm on it, thereby showing us, His body, how to likewise stand firm against the wiles of the devil!
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Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

Lesson 5. A simple flannel graph story presentation of the baptism and temptation of Jesus from Matthew 3 and 4. Handouts and more info can be found here: lettersfromnebby.wordpress.com/the-sabbath-school-lady/

Temptations of Jesus in the Wilderness

Temptations of Jesus in the Wilderness

The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness of Judea happened right after John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River. Once Jesus was supernaturally identified as the Messiah, you would think that he would start facing masses of people. Actually, no one could find him. Jesus traveled into the wilderness of Judea and spent forty days in seclusion.

After forty days in the wilderness without food, the Gospels record a fascinating one-on-one encounter between Jesus and the fallen angel Satan. You can read the account in Luke 4:1-13.

The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness followed three basic themes. The first temptation concerned the so-called, “lusts of the flesh.” Jesus was hungry and Satan tempted him to convert stones into bread. The second temptation concerned the “pride of life.” Satan challenged Jesus to throw himself from a high place, knowing that God would send his angels to catch him. The third temptation concerned the “lusts of the eyes.” Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor, saying, “All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.”

Notably, Jesus responded to each temptation beginning with three words: “It is written.” Jesus found power in quoting the Hebrew Scriptures, which he had been studying since he was a boy.

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Lesson 2 | Sabbath Afternoon | Baptism and the Temptations | Sabbath School

Sabbath Afternoon
Read for This Week’s Study: Luke 3:1–14; Rom. 6:1–6; Luke 3:21, 22; Luke 4:5–8; Isa. 14:13, 14; Luke 4:9–13.
Memory Text: “And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased’ ” (Luke 3:22, NKJV).
As we saw last week, Luke provides a list of great historical dignitaries to, we believe, help show that his account of Jesus and John is as real and as historical as these powerful men.
But there’s another important reason to mention these mighty men of power and influence. It is to contrast them with the humble man of the wilderness, John the Baptist, God’s chosen messenger who was to “prepare the way” for the most significant event in all human history so far: the coming of Jesus, the world’s Redeemer. How interesting that God chose not one of the world’s “great” men to herald the Messiah but one of the “lowlier” ones instead.
Scholars put all these historic personalities together and give us a date close to a.d. 27 or 28 for the start of the ministry of John the Baptist and Jesus. It is within the historical time frame of these Roman Empire luminaries that Jesus was baptized and received the benediction of Heaven that He is God’s “beloved Son” (Luke 3:22). Luke establishes this fact right at the outset, even before he presents to his readers the “orderly account” of the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ.
* Study this week’s lesson to prepare for Sabbath, April 11.

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Immanuel, God with us. The Lamb of God. God's Anointed One. All of these describe the Word who was with God and is God, the Son, Jesus our Lord.

As we continue to examine God's plan of redemption as revealed throughout the New Testament -- a journey that first began with the same examination as revealed throughout the Old Testament, we read of the baptism and subsequent testing of our Lord. But, why did God's Anointed, Holy Son require baptism? John the Baptist came to prepare His way and call people to repentance. From what did Jesus have to repent? NOTHING! He was sinless. Even John knew this and argued with Jesus (Mt. 3:14).

Nevertheless, Jesus answered John's confusion with, Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this TO FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Mt. 3:15)

And then, the Spirit of God leads Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted (tested) by Satan, the devil.

How does all of this fit into God's eternal plan for redemption? Come join us for this week's study and discover the answer.

The Temptation of Jesus by the Devil in the Wilderness

The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness: As the apostles testify: (Mark 1:12; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13)

After Jesus was baptized the Spirit led him into the wilderness, to be tempted by the Devil.

After a forty days fast the Devil approached him and said:
'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread'.
Jesus answered:
It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'.

The Devil then took Jesus to Jerusalem on the Temple and said:
'If you are the Son of God, he said, Throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that you will not strike Your foot against a stone.
Jesus answered him:
It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'

The Devil then took Jesus on the highest mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and said:
All this I will give you, he said, if You will bow down and worship me.

And Jesus said:
Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him
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115. Hope Sabbath School: "Baptism and the Temptations" (Complete) PBMC

[Derek Morris] A group interactive study of the Bible. This week the group will study about the most significant event in all human history–the coming of Jesus, the world’s Redeemer and His baptism by John the Baptist. “Hope Channel” (USA) is the source of this video. For more information about “Hope Channel” please visit

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The Historical Jesus 5: Kingdom Saturated Ministry

How should you understand Jesus' miracles, healing ministry, and exorcisms? Surely, these are acts of compassion, but they are so much more. Join Sean Finnegan as he explains how Jesus' deeds and words coalesce around his primary ministry focus--the kingdom of God. By examining three ancient Hebrew prophecies, learn how Jesus' own self-understanding helps make sense of his kingdom saturated ministry.

Course Notes:

This is lecture 5 of 16 from The Historical Jesus: What the Bible Says about the Life of Christ.

This class will help you answer the question: Who is Jesus? Join Sean Finnegan as he teaches through the Gospels to help you understand the biblical life of Christ. This class will inspire you to love Jesus, teach you to follow Jesus, help you to understand Jesus, and empower you to navigate the Gospels on your own.

For more information about this class or to access other lectures and articles by Sean Finnegan, visit

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