Confidence in the Face of Temptation
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
It’s interesting to me that Jesus went through this ordeal with the devil and facing these temptations before He began His public ministry. It was like He used it as preparation for what He was going to face for the next three years of His life. Like a football team going through training camp before their season, Jesus had a period of time of extreme workouts before His season of teaching.
What is amazing to me is the confidence that Jesus shows as He faces the devil. He never seems worried or wonders if maybe the temptations were too much for Him. Let’s draw from this confidence because, with Jesus’ proven help, we will be victorious in our battles against the tempter.
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