“When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time.” (Luke 4:13)

We’re at the end of Jesus’ 40 days in the desert with Satan, that comes right after his baptism in the Jordan River that confirmed Him as God’s son and brought the power of Spirit upon Him. He’s starving after weeks of no food. Still He’s defeated the temptations concerning food and promised power and dominion over all the kingdoms of Earth. Satan has an end game of proving Jesus isn’t worthy of the life mission God gave Him. After Jesus uttered his now famous “Get behind me, Satan!”… the ruler of Earth had one more trial for the man who would be its “saviour.”

The devil leads Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple of Jerusalem…

“If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

Jesus answered, “It is said: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”

When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left Him until an opportune time.” (Luke 4:9-13)

Satan purposefully misrepresented the Scripture he was referencing. What Psalm 91:11-12 intended was to show God’s protection by revealing the presence and function of angels in relation to our lives. It was never designed to imply the laws of cause and effect were not in play. And it was never a license for stupidity and ridiculous chances with our mortal bodies. 

Now, Jesus could have easily created bread and don’t you know He wanted to? He would have literally been so weak and sick from the lack of nourishment He’d endured. He could have ruled over any kingdoms he chose, enjoyed their spoils. Who among us could say no to such a thing? To live an existence like that? He could have absolutely called upon the angels to save Him. Had he decided to jump to prove his superiority. But Jesus understood his assignment. He was already in a faith-based partnership with God – who He knew would deliver Him in time to move forward with the plans THEY had for His life.

Like the greatest leaders who require nothing more of those that follow them than they themselves can and will do, Jesus chose to hold on to His mission, trusting that his omnipotent Father God was the only North he needed to look to. For the good of the whole. For us. 

So, Satan gave up. Oh, but he would return, not to Jesus directly but to the people around Him. To cast doubt on His miraculous words and works. Satan’s job is to convince us, through our egos, that love is not the answer as Jesus unabashedly proclaimed. He won’t stop and is fully ramping up now in this world in so many ways. But, for this particular time in Jesus’ life, He had won some battles under excruciating circumstances. And so He walked out of His wilderness ready to begin His ministry. Fully ready to lead by example.  

Let us always remember what He endured for us and let us endure on our own paths. He showed us it can be done.

Please continue to pray for the ongoing wars. Pray that they stop. The loss of all the innocent lives is staggering and shattering. That surely is not God’s will. And, as always, pray for our own beloved country.

Love to you and yours,

Poppa B