Sermon for Mark 1:9-15 - Would You Take the Crown Without the Cross?
The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, and one of the
applicants - who was not known to be the brightest academically, was called in
for an interview. "Okay," began the sheriff, "What is 1 and 1?" "Eleven," came
the reply. The sheriff thought to himself, "That's not what I meant, but he's
Then the sheriff asked, "What two days of the week start
with the letter 'T'?" "Today & tomorrow." Replied the applicant. The sheriff was
again surprised over the answer, one that he had never thought of himself.
"Now, listen carefully, who killed Abraham Lincoln?", asked
the sheriff. The job seeker seemed a little surprised, then thought really hard
for a minute and finally admitted, "I don't know." The sheriff replied, "Well,
why don't you go home and work on that one for a while?" The applicant left and
wandered over to his pals who were waiting to hear the results of the interview.
He greeted them with a cheery smile, "The job is mine! The interview went great!
First day on the job and I'm already working on a murder case!"
In our Gospel reading this morning in Mark 1 it is Jesus'
first day on the job. Immediately he is confronted with three major temptations.
And he is confronted with this basic question: Would he take the crown without
These are basic temptations in life. These three
temptations form the foundation for all other temptations. And I would propose
that when temptations come our way; if we will pause and classify the
temptations, identify them with one of the three temptations Jesus faced; we
will be equipped to answer Satan with the words and obedience of Christ.
Let's look at the three temptations:
Stone into Bread: The temptation to use power for the
Jump on the Rocks: The Temptation to gain popularity by
Serve The Wrong Master: The temptation to idolatry
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