Matthew 4:4 Watercolor

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This piece was created as a memory aid for our youth group.

In Matthew 4, Jesus is tempted by Satan. Matthew 4:4 contains Jesus’ response to the temptation to create bread to satisfy His hunger – a hunger cultivated over 40 days of fasting. At this crucial time, where Jesus turns is significant. He aims His heart and mind to the Words of God. Matthew 4:4 reminds us of the sufficiency of God’s Word. We have been given everything we need for life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1:3). God is not unknowable. He has mercifully revealed Himself to us in His Word and He has provided a way for us to boldly approach His throne. That Way is Jesus. Jesus’ righteousness can be ours if we submit to His lordship (Romans 10:9-10).

Jesus then becomes our Mediator. Our High Priest. And He is a high priest who understands temptation and made it through without sin so we can boldly approach God’s throne.

 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time. – Hebrews 4:14-16 HCSB

Prints of this original artwork are available here.