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There are challenges ahead if we want to be faithful servant people. The good news is that Jesus journeys with us, says ROB JAMES

RUGBY, as every Welshman knows, is no life and death issue – it’s much more important than that (especially when it involves the traditional foe over the border!). Only a passion of this order explains

the Welsh squad’s willingness to endure the appropriately named ‘cold camp’ in Poland in preparation for the 2011 World Cup. The conditions were so severe that captain Sam Warburton remembers one senior player banging on the door in a desperate attempt to be let out of the ‘cryotherapy chambers’. It might be helpful to spend a little time pondering on the Welsh team’s ‘Polish experience’ when trying to understand the time Jesus spent in the wilderness following his baptism. This had been a deeply moving occasion, and he had experienced the presence of God in a remarkable way. But it had been a very challenging time too, for the voice that came from heaven did more than reassure him of his destiny, it underscored the suff ering that lay ahead also.

Following his baptism, the Lord

assured his Son that he would indeed reign as Israel’s long awaited Messiah. But he shaped his message so that Jesus also knew that he was destined to be the one of whom Isaiah had said: “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suff ering, and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3 NIV). Is it any wonder then, that the Holy

Spirit led Jesus into his own kind of ‘cold camp’? He knew that he needed to be tested and tried if he was to overcome the many temptations that he would inevitably face over the next three years. Those temptations show Jesus struggling with the pressures that constantly came his way. Would he use his God-given powers to meet his

Christians have a hotline to heaven even when they are suff ering


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