The Temptation of the Lord
Reading: Luke 4:1-13
Before beginning his ministry, Jesus has an encounter with Satan, who will try by all possible means to prevent the Lord from fulfilling his mission. In the desert, the Tempter makes his move.
What does Satan have to offer him?
Satiation: after Jesus had fasted for 40 days, Satan wants to convince him that his need is for bread. And the Lord answers: man’s greatest need is not physical, but spiritual.
Recognition and power: Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth in exchange for his worship. But He, who is the Eternal King, and whose kingdom is not of this world, answers him: The only one worthy of worship is God.
Security: The Evil One makes one last attempt to make Jesus tempt the Lord, and to do so he even manipulates the Scriptures. It is with Scripture itself that Jesus rejects him.
Again and again Satan tries to question Jesus’ identity, telling him: if you are the Son of God, do this, or that. But Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, has a mission to fulfill and nothing can divert him from it. Jesus *is* the Son of God, and we need to know him as such.
MEDITATE: Do we question or doubt in any way (not with our words, but perhaps with our deeds) who Jesus is? Do we cling to Him, His victory, His grace and His Word in the moment of temptation?