Satan tempts Jesus in the Wilderness. (Luke 4:3-4)

Last week Luke explored Jesus going to the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist, which marked the beginning of His divine Ministry. The event was Jesus’ earthly turning point. He went from living as a sinless carpenter to stepping into his role as the world’s Heavenly Savior and example of what’s possible. He was about 30 years old…

In Chapter 4 Luke writes that after the baptism…

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the river and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil. 

He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them He was hungry.

The devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell the stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone.” (Luke 4:1- 4)

Why was it necessary for Jesus to be tempted?

Temptation is part of the human experience. For Jesus to understand us completely, He had to face temptation to the degree that we do.

Jesus also had to undo what Adam caused to come into our world.  Adam, although created perfect, gave in to temptation, passing the consequences of sin on to the whole human race. Jesus, by contrast, used His power to resist Satan. AND WON. Man not living by bread alone is a nod to the big picture. He wouldn’t sacrifice the overcoming and glory that He could pass on to the human race to satisfy a momentary desire. He would look to the power within Him to sustain Himself knowing God would ultimately provide all He needed as an individual. And the whole of humanity would win in that decision. His victory offers salvation to all of Adam’s descendants – to each of us who will receive Him as Savior and look to Him for guidance.

Satan may tempt us to doubt Christ’s true identity. He knows that once we begin to question whether or not Jesus is God, it is far easier to get us to do what he wants. Times of questioning can help us sort out our beliefs and strengthen our faith, but those times can be dangerous. If you are dealing with doubt, realize you are especially vulnerable to temptation. Even as you search for answers, protect yourself by meditating on the unshakable truths of God’s Word. 

Often we are tempted not through our weaknesses, but through our strengths and talents. Satan tempted Jesus where He was strong. Jesus had ultimate power over stones, the kingdoms of the world, and even angels. Satan wanted Him to use that power without regard to His mission. To serve only Himself with it. When we wrongly use our strengths, we can become proud and self-reliant. Trusting in our own powers, we feel little need of God. To avoid this trap, we must realize that ALL of our strengths are God’s gifts to us and we must dedicate those strengths to His service.

Let us remember daily that we are given strengths and powers to use the right way for our Lord. He wants us to wield them for ourselves and for the needs others may have that are in our life. He is a God of Love wanting the best for the whole and we are to reflect that.

As usual we pray for the Israel – Palestine war. I pray God opens a door for this tragedy to stop. That the people involved will go through it. We continue to pray for Ukraine and Russia as well. I know the Lord is grieved over both senseless wars as well as all conflicts. He loves us.๐Ÿ™

Blessings and Love to each of you and yours. Blessings upon our own nation. Pray for unity. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

Poppa B.