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God's Sinless Son      Matt. 3:13-4:11      Sept. 09-07

Introduction
    I like the story about the three theologians who debated; "could Jesus sin." One wrote; Jesus was not able to sin. The second wrote; Jesus was able to sin. The third wrote; Jesus was able not to sin. I agree with the third observation, and the fact of Jesus being, God's Sinless Son.

1. God's Sinless Son Gave . . Approval. 3:13-15

A. Jesus Gave Approval Through His . . Immersion By John. 3:13-14
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 But John tried to stop Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?"

B. Jesus Gave Approval Through His . . Identification With John. 3:15
15 Jesus answered him, "Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to
fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him to be baptized.

    Jesus approved of, and submitted to baptism by immersion. Some today say. "what difference does it make," and I ask, "where do you stop watering down (no pun intended) what Jesus did and taught." Jesus being immersed teaches much about the method of one being baptized. Did you know He walked about 70 miles to be baptized by John? It was very important to identify with the baptism, and ministry of John. John ministered as the forerunner, and Jesus wanted everyone to know of His approval.

2. God's Sinless Son Given . . Affirmation. 3:16-17

A. Affirmation As The Heavens . . Divided. 3:16a
16 After Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water. The heavens suddenly opened for Him,

B. Affirmation As The Spirit . . Descended. 3:16b
". . .
and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on Him.

C. Affirmation As The Heavens . . Declared. 3:17
17 And there came a voice from heaven: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!

    Jesus went down into the water and came up out of the water (not necessary for a sprinkling). When He did the heavens were divided, the Spirit descended, and the Father declared His approval. Did you ever think of the emotions Jesus must have experienced as the Father gave His approval. As a father I love to tell my children and grandchildren how proud I am of them. In fact not much pleases me more than being able to affirm my children, and grandchildren. I am pleased to say, "this is my daughter, or this is my grandson, or, this is my granddaughter. It gave God pleasure to affirm Jesus, His sinless Son.

3. God's Sinless Son Gained . . Authority. 4:1-2

A. Gained Authority Through . . Submission To The Spirit. 4:1
4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.

B. Gained Authority Through . . Sustained Prayer. 4:2
2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry.

    In my opinion many times we fail to recognize Jesus was just as human as any of us. In order to prove His sinless humanity He had to gain victory over temptation, and He did that through submission to the leading of the Spirit and sustained times of prayer in His life. Jesus certainly gave us an illustration of how to spend time in prayer.

4. God's Sinless Son Gained . . Authentication. 4:3-11

A. Authentication Over Temptation In The . . Lust Of The Flesh. 4:3-4
3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4 But He answered, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

B. Authentication Over Temptation In The . . Lust Of The Eyes. 4:5-7
5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you and, they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." 7 Jesus told him, "It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God."

C. Authentication Over Temptation In The . . Pride Of Life. 4:8-11
8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the
kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, "I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus told him, "Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him." 11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him. HCSB

    In the Book of 1 John we are given three categories of sin. The three temptations of Jesus can be likened to the list in 1 John; 2:16) The need for bread might be likened to the lust of the flesh, 2) the desire to establish His being the Son of God by thrill and excitement might appeal to the lust of the eyes, 3) Satan's offer to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world might appeal to the pride of life. He gained victory in ever area of this temptation, and then said, "Go away, Satan!" If these suggestions are correct they will further emphasize the fact of God's Sinless Son, Amen? Amen!