A look at the temptations of Jesus

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Jesus faces temptations. All humans do. The temptations Jesus faced were not unlike our own.

Turning rocks to bread. Jesus was tempted to meet His physical needs using His powers for Himself. Jesus is tempted to meet His needs and ignore the greater purpose for which He came. He is tempted to live for something temporal as Esau did and sell off the birthright. Jesus refuses teaching us that honoring God and using our gifts for His glory is what matters most. We are not to be selfish or use our gifts and abilities to suit ourselves.

Throwing Himself off the tower. Jesus was tempted to do something spectacular and prove He was God. The temptation to continually prove our worth or value is always there. Whether it is to others or ourselves or to God, we do not have anything to prove. We are accepted and loved as His children. Jesus doesn’t give in to this temptation because He knows Who He is and to Whom He belongs. Jesus resists and teaches us that our identity is in God and not based on our performance or proving what we can do.

Taking all the kingdoms. Satan offers Jesus a shortcut once again by telling Him that all the kingdoms can be His by simply worshipping the devil. Of course this is a bold face lie. Jesus knew His purpose was to worship God His Father and that all things ultimately belonged to Him. Satan tried to give Jesus an easier way than going to the cross to purchase back mankind. Jesus resists because worshipping God is what we are created for, no one or nothing else. Our worship is not to be given to or for anyone other than God. Jesus refuses to bow teaching us that we do not have to succumb to the evil one either.

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