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Friday, February 12, 2016

"If you are the Son of God..." The tempter tries to thwart Jesus' mission by calling into question his very identity. While Jesus remains clear in his mission and identity as the Son of God, how often does a voice of uncertainty threaten or inhibit our mission as children of God? How often do we forget our identity, drawn by the powers of this world which seek to give us false glory and power? How easy it is to seek the admiration and accolades of the kingdoms of this world while ignoring our core identity as a child of God which was showered upon us in our baptism. How eagerly we look to the world to provide for our daily bread rather than trusting that our God will be faithful as God has promised to be. While the cares of this world can be overpowering, we can trust that God's claim on us in baptism is sure and true, and because of that promise we can remain faithful.

Holy God, you have claimed us as your own. May we rest secure in our identity as children of God. Amen.

Krista Lind
Associate Dean of Student Resources and Candidacy, Luther Seminary
Master of Religious Education , 1997

Luke 4:1-13 (NRSV)

1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,
2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished.
3 The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread."
4 Jesus answered him, "It is written, "One does not live by bread alone.' "
5 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.
6 And the devil said to him, "To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please.
7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours."
8 Jesus answered him, "It is written, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.' "
9 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,
10 for it is written, "He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,'
11 and "On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.' "
12 Jesus answered him, "It is said, "Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' "
13 When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.

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