January 5 – January 11



Luke 4:1-15


Matthew 8:1-34; Psalm 20:1-9; Proverbs 1:20-22


Matthew 9:1-26; Psalm 21:1-5; Proverbs 1:23-25


Matthew 9:27-10:15; Psalm 21:6-13; Proverbs 1:26-28


Matthew 10:16-42; Psalm 22:1-5; Proverbs 1:29-31


Matthew 11:1-30; Psalm 22:6-13; Proverbs 1:32-33


Matthew 12:1-32; Psalm 22:14-20; Proverbs 2:1-5


Jesus is victorious over sin and death! In taking the form of a man, Jesus experienced temptation beyond what any other man would have given in to and yet remained sinless. Only without sin could He be the perfect, atoning sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Through His perfect life, death, and resurrection, He has defeated sin and death on our behalf.

Meeting Jesus as Savior enables us to follow His example. This is vitally important to realize and embrace. Otherwise, we can miss that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. We are not saved by attempting to follow His example, but by Jesus Himself living the sinless life that we could never live. Christ’s victory over sin is not just an example for us to follow, but a necessity for our forgiveness.

Yet, when we believe in Jesus and the work He has done on our behalf, we are able to take part in His victory over sin! Not only does He forgive us, but through the Holy Spirit, He empowers us in our daily battles with sin. The only way we can practically defeat sin in our lives is to first believe that sin has been defeated by Jesus and learn to carry His victory with confidence as we go from battleground to battleground.

Where all have fallen, Christ alone stands victorious! Christ withstood the test of temptation, so He understands and is able to help us in our time of need.


What do you admire about Jesus in this passage? What do you notice about how He engages the enemy in this spiritual battle?

Why does it matter that Jesus was without sin? How does trusting in Him as your Savior enable you to follow Him as your example?

How does Christ’s victory over sin not only grant you forgiveness beyond death, but also give you victory over sin in your daily life? How can you live trusting in Christ’s victory over sin?


Do you see Jesus as an example to follow? Why or why not?


Gracious and Almighty God, You are all-knowing, all-powerful, and abounding in steadfast love. Lord, lead me out of temptation and into Your lovingkindness. Holy Spirit, cleanse my mind, body, and soul, and lead me in the footsteps of Christ. Jesus, lead me in Your victory over sin and create in me a heart that desires to seek, know, love, worship, and follow You, even as sin continues to entice.

Forgive me of my sins as only You can. Lead me to have a greater faith in You, trusting that Your work on the cross is enough to atone for my sins and trusting that Your way is always better than mine.

Jesus, I pray according to Your mercy and faithfulness that You would create in me a deep desire for Your kingdom and, by the power of Your Spirit, allow me to live, both in private and public, a life that is pleasing and precious in Your eyes.

Father, create in me the desire to cling to what is true when sin seeks to lead me away from You. You alone will I worship, and You alone I will serve. Amen.


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