Great victories and great temptations - May 2023

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on May 24, 2023

"Your sins are forgiven... Go in peace." This is one of four mosaics at the back of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth. 

A Great Victory Led to Great Temptation

In our Old Testament lesson (2 Samuel 9-11), King David defeats his enemies, but he falls to the enemy within. Did the victories he received from the LORD fill him with pride? Did he think he was above temptation? Do we?

A Great Temptation Led to a Great Victory

In Luke 7:36-8:8a woman had fallen into great temptation, but she humbly came to Jesus and received the ultimate victory. "Your sins are forgiven... Go in peace." 

No matter how the devil has defeated us... no matter how many times,... Jesus welcomes sinners like us. 

Great victories can lead to great temptations. Great temptations can lead to great victories. Come Holy Spirit, give us victory in Christ! Amen.


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