Today we look at Luke chapter 4 – Jesus was led into the wild by the Spirit.
I think that is a good word choice as He was tempted wildly. I liked Christ’s response when told to turn the stone into bread: “It takes more than bread to really live.” 4 MSG
That is so true. We need to feed and nurture our souls just as much as we need to take care of our physical bodies by eating and drinking.
With temptation two, satan said for Christ to worship him and he would give Him the kingdoms of this world, but “Jesus refused, again backing His refusal with Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve Him with absolute single – heartedness.”” 8 MSG
May you and I be found faithfully following that command.
And I so love the response for the last test: “For the third test the Devil took Him to Jerusalem and put Him on top of the Temple. He said, “If you are God’s Son, jump. It’s written, isn’t it, that ‘He has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; they will catch you; you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone’?” ”Yes,” said Jesus, “and it’s also written, ‘Don’t you dare tempt the Lord your God.’” That completed the testing. The devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.” 9-13 MSG
Did you catch that?
The retreat was temporary, but the devil is always waiting for a chance to bring us down. Be aware and not alarmed when it happens.
After this time of fasting and temptation, the Bible says: “Jesus returned to Galilee powerful in the Spirit.” 14 MSG
That is what we should be after spending time with the Lord – powerful in spirit!
There is so much more I could comment on in the rest of chapter 4. How Jesus gave the slip to the townspeople trying to pitch Him over the cliff, how people were surprised and astonished by His teaching, and how He became the talk of the town as people realized His words brought authority and made things happen like demonic spirits to flee or fevers to leave. I was left wondering why did He quiet the demons and not let them say He is the Messiah.
What did you see or learn in chapter 4? Do tell.