Uncovering God’s Love…in the Wilderness – Sherri Guenther Trautwein

 March 6, 2022

Our Lenten theme this year is “Uncovering God’s Love.” As we reflect on episodes from the life and teaching of Jesus found in Luke’s Gospel, we’ll focus our attention on something in the text that needs to be “uncovered” for us to be able to see and experience God’s love more clearly. We’ll consider how this uncovering has the potential to draw us closer to God, but also, to open the path to healing in our personal lives and in our relationships to others. This week we’ll begin by focusing on Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness.


  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11
  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
  • Romans 10:8b-13
  • Luke 4:1-11


Luke 4:1-11

The Temptation of Jesus
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, 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. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.” ’

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 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. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.” ’

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, for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you,
to protect you”,
“On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’