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‘It is written’

Christ Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and he was born to a virgin named Mary. For some time, as a grown man, Christ Jesus worked as a carpenter until he launched out on his ministry. Sometimes the time is not right to commence an undertaking. We have to wait for the opportune moment.

Anyway, Christ Jesus began his ministry by being baptized by John the Baptist who preached repentance. Why did Jesus need to be baptized by John? I believe it was to identify with the people. Christ was like man except he was sinless. Jesus was immediately driven into the desert where he was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights by Satan. He conquered the temptations by stating, “It is written,” “It is written,” “It is written.” The word speaks of three temptations. So, what am I saying? What is my point? When an unsaved man becomes tempted, he will yield to temptations since he was a fallen-nature or more succinctly carnival nature. I am contrasting unsaved mortal men and Jesus. A Christian can say, “It is written” and flee temptation since he has the Holy Spirit indwelling him. Satan is a defeated foe.

When Christ was nailed to a cross, he:

1. Ransomed man with his blood.

2. Reconciled man to God.

3. Redeemed men from their sins.

Satan’s ultimate, final doom is “The Lake of Fire.” Temptations by Satan will be a thing of the past.

This Easter we will celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the grave giving life to all men who believe on his name. When we are Christians, we have the power to say, “It is written” with Christ’s authority. But let me make clear, Christians still have capacity to sin.

John Sirtoli resides in Gloversville.

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