Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall 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 glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Jesus had just experienced one of, if not the greatest moments of his human life where He saw the manifest presence of god and heard God’s audible voice speaking love, pleasure and affirmation. For some of us the staff conference may have been a similar experience on a much smaller scale.
But as soon as Christ left the water he went to a very hard place and into very trying times. Many of us may have left the conference and moved into hard places and times.
There are many good principles and applications that can be gleaned from these verses on how we should fight sin and the lies of the devil. The devil desperately wanted to keep Jesus out of full time ministry and he also wants to use sin to keep you from being effective in ministry.
So please study these verses to learn how to and why to memorize verses that contain precious truths for your soul. Spend time thinking upon this passage to learn how preach truth to yourself and to the enemy when you are tired and hungry and alone.
But mainly let us study this passage to see the glory of Christ the second Adam defeating the enemy. You will fail in sin. You will struggle in ministry. Christ never failed, yet lived perfectly and ministered perfectly. He passed every test you and I and Adam have failed. He owns all the world. He has all the love and glory of god. And through the cross he gives it to us.
-Olan Stubbs (Director, CO Birmingham)
Pray for CO Belo Horizonte
A new generation of disciples on our campuses
Teams at full capacity and functioning healthily
Contextualized discipleship process from convert to multiplying disciple
Development of English school