Community Group Discussion Guide/Temptation of Jesus
Text: Mark 1:9-11 (NASB) 12 And immediately the Spirit *brought Him out into the wilderness. 13 And He was in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the angels were serving Him.
Big Idea: Although the Gospel of Mark does not give us the details of Christ’s Temptation, we know that this experience was divinely appointed by God as Jesus is being led by the Holy Spirit. This is also an affirmation of Christ’s humanity. God cannot be tempted, but the human side of Christ was not immune from the attempts of the Enemy. This truly makes Jesus into an advocate who understands “us.”
Read: Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB) 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Read: Matthew 4:1-11 (NASB) 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'" 5 Then the devil *took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and *said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, 'HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU'; and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'" 7 Jesus said to him, "On the other hand, it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'" 8 Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." 10 Then Jesus *said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'" 11 Then the devil *left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.
Big Idea: Jesus steps onto the scene in a way that would have went unnoticed. He came from Nazareth in Galilee without a parade or entourage with Him. Humbly He enters into the narrative. Then to make it even more head scratching, He is baptized by a man that has been baptizing and preaching repentance to groups of sinners! The difference between the men who came to John and Jesus is revealed when the heavens open, the Spirit descends and the Father speaks. This is no ordinary man, but He is, as John declares: 'the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!'
Text: Mark 1:9-11 (NASB) 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Read: Mark 1:9- In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.
1. What kind of days was Jesus stepping into? What was taking place in Israel during this time?
2. Why do you think God pre-ordained that the Messiah would come from Galilee and not some highly esteemed place?
3. What does this say about our God that He would send His Son to dwell among those He created, yet not be esteemed?
Read: Mark 1:10 And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon Him;
1. John's baptism was called a baptism of repentance. The record in Luke 3 describes people coming to him that have need of repentance for the evil deeds they have done. Yet, Jesus is baptized by the same man in the same waters. Did Jesus have need to repent? Why was He baptized by John if He had no sin?
2. In your eyes, how important is the baptism of Jesus by John? What did it do or accomplish?
3. What is the significance of the Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus? Did Jesus have the Holy Spirit before the Spirit descended upon Him in the form of a dove?
Read Mark 1:11 and a voice came from the heavens: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
1. This is the first time we see the complete trinitarian God on display. What was the main focus of both the dove (Holy Spirit) and the Father?
2. What does the Father mean when He says "in You I am well pleased."?