2. The Wilderness: Temptation. Matthew 4:1-11. Mark 1:12, 13. Luke 4:1-13.
The University of Arabia: Jesus’ naturalness—the Spirit’s presence—intensity, Luke 2:45-51.—a true perspective—– the temptation’s path—sin’s path—John’s grouping, 1 John 2:16.—the Spirit’s plan—why—the devil’s weakness—the Spirit’s leading—a wilderness for every God-used man, Moses, Elijah, Paul.
Earth’s Ugliest, Deepest Scar: Jesus the only one led up to be tempted—the wilderness—its history, Genesis 13:10-13. 18:16-19:38.—Jesus really tempted—no wrong here in inner response—every temptation—by the devil.
Waiting the Father’s Word: the tempter’s skill—acting divinely—a stone for hunger—not wrong in itself—recognizing temptation—“man”—waiting the Father’s word—the trained inner ear—not our power but God’s through our obedience.
Love never tests: a more agreeable setting—touching tender chords—the religious temptation—only through consent—bad scripture quoting, Psalm 91—a helpful dust-cloth—using power only to help—a true quotation, Deuteronomy 6:16.
The Devil acknowledges the King: a dazzling scene—analyzing the tempter’s proposition—a common cunning trap—Jesus’ kingly conduct—the devil obeys Him—but to return—a coward—our safety in Jesus—lead us not into temptation.
3. The Transfiguration: An Emergency Measure. Matthew 16:28-17:1-8. Mark 9:1-8. Luke 9:27-36.
God in Sore Straits: the darkest hour save one, fugitive, John 7:1. ban, John 9:22, 34. pushing, Matthew 15:1. Mark 7:1.—the danger zone, “withdrew,” Matthew 4:12. 12:15. 14:13. 15:21. Tabernacles, John 7:32. 8:59.—Galileans desert, John 6:60-66.—the inner circle infected, John 6:67-71.—God needs men.
Fire and anvil for Leaders: mental strength—seasoned leadership—Simon and Peter.
An Irresistible Plan: alone with the twelve—the changed plan, Matthew 16:18-21.—Peter’s stupid boldness, Matthew 16:22, with Mark 8:32.—the best available stuff—to see the Jesus within—getting Paul, Acts 9:1-9. 22:6-11. 26:12-18.
The Glory of that Light: while praying—changed from within—absorbed with Jesus’ master-stroke—the jarring human note—the glory obscured—through an opened door—the kingdom.
A Vision of Jesus: gleams of light—the purpose secured, John 20:19, 24, 26-29.—an indelible impress, John 1:14. 12:41. Mark 9:3 with 1 Peter 1:16-17. Acts 12:2.—changed while looking, Acts 22:11. 2 Corinthians 3:18.
4. Gethsemane: The Strange, Lone Struggle. Matthew 26:36-46. Mark 14:32-42. Luke 22:39-46. Hebrews 5:7.
The Pathway in: messengers ahead—Jesus felt the cross drawing near—the look of His face, Luke 9:51-55.—His disciples afraid, Mark 10:32.—indignation against sin, John 11:33, 38. marginal reading American Revision.—the Greeks, John 12:20-28.