As we continued our series “Power in Preparation” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church my good friend and colleague here at Eastbrook, Pastor Femi Ibitoye, explored Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in Matthew 4:12-17. I appreciated the insights that Femi shared in this message, as well as the personal testimony he shared from his life about Jesus being the light.
You can view the message video and outline below. You can follow along with the entire series here and the devotional that accompanies the series here. You could always join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16)
Jesus, light of the world to the nations
- Jesus is light to the gentiles
- Jesus is the Light that overcomes the darkness (Matthew 4:16)
- Jesus is King in this Kingdom (Isaiah 9:7)
- All people (including the Gentiles) are invited into this Kingdom
- All have sinned and must repent to enter it (Matthew 4:17)
What does the Light of Christ do?
- It gives life
- It sets people free from fear, darkness and death
- It exposes sin and brings healing
- It illuminates (provides wisdom and knowledge)
- It provides direction and guidance
What should our response
- Worship God- Like the Magi, 1 Peter 2:9, like Jesus mentioned in his temptation in Matthew 4:10, Deuteronomy 6:13
- Reflect the light of Jesus. Matthew 5:16
- Let the Word of God be a priority (Matthew 4:4, Psalm 119:105