Posted by: Akash Vansal | May 9, 2011


The Temptation Of Jesus Christ

We often find ourself in dilemma when tempted, face hardships and trials. We argue as to why a righteous man be subjected to suffering under the presumption of testing of faith. Are we really more righteous than the Son of Man, Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ IS the only blameless Man in the sight of Lord Almighty. Still, He was tested with the same temptations that we face, (Hebrews 4:15). We argue because we succumb to temptations and later on face problems. But Jesus triumphed over temptations and ruled over it. How let’s see and gain from it.

Matthew 4: 1-11: 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “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.” 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

I. Satans first attempt:

In his very first attempt, he fires 2 salvoes at Jesus Christ
1. If you are the Son of God…                                                                                                 2. Tell these stones to become bread.
What would have happened if Our Lord would have made the stone into bread?
a) In the very first place it would have amounted to obeying the Satan.
Obeying Satan is a sin. Through out the gospel and particularly in the John’s gospel, Jesus very often made the statement that He did what The Father told Him to do. John 8:28, 14:30

b) Secondly, It would have amounted to of Jesus doubting His very identity! The Satan says, if you are…The Satan doesn’t say that I don’t believe you to be Son of Man but creating doubt in Jesus mind. Satan very well knew that Jesus is The Son of Man, The Son of God ( Mark 5:7, 10). He was not seeking any proof so as to strengthen his own belief. He wanted to create confusion in Jesus mind whether He really is The Son of Man. He is the master in confusing people. (James 3:16, 1C14:33).
In this same fashion, Satan creates confusion in the faithfuls mind, Are you really son of God, are you really saved, are you worthy to come before the Lord’s presence? We should not fall prey to these temptations. We need to be fully confident that we are saved not because of our doings but by His grace.

c) Thirdly, turning stones into bread would have amounted creation of bread. Creation is the work of The Heavenly Father, We read in Genesis, In the beginning, God created…Not that Jesus is not God, but here He had taken the form Son of Man, He was a human. He did not consider Himself to be equal with God, (Phil. 2:6-8). Now, since He did not consider Himself to be equal with God, HE certainly did not wanted to take into His hand the authority, the power that did not belong to Him, that of His Father, and that too against His own wish! For, if He had wanted , He would have already did that. He was fasting since forty days!

Satan analysis our needs, our weakness, our desire and plans his attack accordingly. He provides us with solutions to solve our problems, to meet our needs, but in an immoral, un ethic way, in a sinful way. He never intends the welfare of the people. He is always on prowl to devour them.(1P5:8)
We may be having financial problem, health problem, and even more , but at these times we should be careful as we try to tide over the problems. At times such as these, Satan may offer ways that could really sort out our problem for that time being, but later, we may have to pay heavily. We should be careful.
Like we maybe facing serious financial problem and one of the loved ones may be seriously ill. And you find a wallet stacked with currency notes that could solve your immediate genuine needs. Also in the wallet is the owners information. What will the righteous person do? Satan will surely prompt you to think that you did not robbed it, you did not cheated anyone, you just got it, God provided it for your use and like wise. We need to be aware of the fact that along with the money, we are also provided with the whereabouts of the owner and need to remember that it does not belong to us and therefore have no moral right to use it.
And also, many a times we take decision of which we do not have rights. Some times wife could be taking decisions of her husband and mostly the youths. Youths are particularly more vulnerable to this as they behave against the wishes of parents and decide for themselves which actually is the right and authority of parents.
When we are in close fellowship with God, we are more likely to be tempted. Temptation has nothing to do with our close ness with God. But close intimacy with God empowers us with power with which we can easily overcome the temptations. Temptations are inevitable, but our willingness to overcome, to resist it will make us succeed in resisting it.

Jesus over comes it.
Lord Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy 8:3. Lord Jesus does not say that man cannot live without food. Man has been living and will live on food and then dies one day. Thats all, but those who feed on the Word of life (John 6: 27, 63) lives even after the death! Peter could perceive this truth when he said, ‘ Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:68-69, 33

To Be Continued


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