This Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, is known as “Invocavit” Sunday. On this Sunday we read from Scripture that Satan tempts Jesus and wants Him to be his own problem-solver in the predicament of life. Jesus answers him: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Satan wants Jesus to attach His faith to visible things. Jesus answers: Do not put the Lord your God to the test. Satan wants Jesus to commit himself, body and soul, to the prince of this world, to the world itself, and to self-serving power over the world. Jesus answers: Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only. Jesus gives His victory over temptation and Satan to us who are born losers. We stand before God as winners. Jesus also shows us the way to victory: use the Word of God to fight Satan and his temptations.
Sermon from March 10, 2019, The First Sunday in Lent, 1 Corinthians 6:1-10
About the Author: Michael Lilienthal
Rev. Michael G. Lilienthal has served as pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, MN, since April of 2018. He and his wife Sarah are foster parents in Freeborn County, and Rev. Lilienthal enjoys reading and writing outside of his pastoral work.