Jesus was about to embark upon a ministry that would reframe the relationship between God and men from a national relationship to a personal one. As one would expect, prior to its execution, the enemy would do all within his power to neutralize and destroy Jesus; so, the ministry would never take off. Jesus faced off with the enemy and battled through some very personal temptations. Interestingly, Satan tempted Jesus of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. You’re hungry–feed yourself, You’re God–Jump and show everyone how amazing You are. Look at the world, bow to me and it is all yours.
The temptation of Jesus is the same as the temptation of each of us. Sin focuses upon the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. As we face such temptation, like Jesus, we can look to God’s word for wisdom to choose to follow Him and not fall to such temptation. It is a moment-by-moment decision that is easily abandoned but never easily followed. Make no mistake–Jesus did not choose easily, He was starving and alone. Then, as the Son of God, He was man’s last hope for redemption. The enemy unleashed his best and most tireless attack. Jesus stood firm, and He invites us to do the same.
Still, if we do fall to temptation, He paid the price so we could still have a relationship with the Heavenly Father. Romans reminds us that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 Jesus said it best, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matt 6:33.
God Bless You
And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness
2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.
3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.”
4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’”
5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,
6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.
7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.”
8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”
9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here,
10 for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
to guard you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time.