Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
After Jesus’ baptism, but before His earthly ministry began, He was tempted by the Satan. Just want to jot down a few thoughts about it.
- Jesus was tempted after he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights. He was “hungered”. (Matt. 4:2) It seems we are all tempted when we are “hungry”. For example, we are tempted when we are physically weak, or spiritually. The devil knows when we are most vulnerable.
- The Devil wanted Jesus to sin. If Jesus sinned, then He could no longer be our Savior, He would have been an unfit sacrifice. It would have ruined everyone’s life. It seems Satan goes after those in the Christian life who have the most influence. No, no one is the same as Jesus, but think about it. If Satan can pull down a pastor or a prominent church member, he’s brought down several people with them, mostly those weaker Christians we mentioned earlier. If you stand up and teach a class, you’ll sit down with a target on your back.
- The Devil’s method of bringing Jesus down was pride: He wanted Jesus to sin by having pride, by feeling the need to “prove himself” to Satan. Satan scorns, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee:…” How many times have I fallen into that pride trap, wanting to “prove my point” and losing my testimony in the process! I’m so glad my Lord and Savior didn’t fall for that. Another interesting point is that Satan knows God’s word! How handy! He can twist it and mangle it till that weaker Christian is convinced that their un-scriptural way is, in fact, scriptural.
- Jesus wins by knowing God’s Word inside and out. He quotes it, He lives it. We cannot be perfect, but we can all win the battle by knowing and living God’s Word. Read it, memorize it, study it, live it.
- It seems that we all must endure some testing before God uses us. Notice that in Matt. 4:17, after the temptation, Jesus began preaching. If you are facing a time of trial, keep in mind that God could be preparing you for a ministry. The temptation or trial you are in is not the end, it’s the beginning!