when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command
that these stones become bread.” (Matthew 4:3)
was tempted in every way that we are, yet He never sinned (Heb. 4:15). Jesus
began His public ministry with His baptism. As John the Baptist raised Him from
the water, Jesus heard His Father’s affirmation, “Well done!” Immediately
afterward, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the wilderness. There, Satan met
Him and presented three temptations.
Satan enticed Jesus to use His divine power to transform stones into bread. It
seemed like a logical thing to do. Jesus was hungry, but He had a much greater
need to follow His Father’s leading. The Father had led Him to fast; Satan
sought to persuade Him to eat.
Satan tried to convince Jesus to use Satan’s means to accomplish the Father’s
ends. “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down” (Matt. 4:6). Jesus
understood that this would be presumption, not faith. It would be attempting
God’s work in the world’s way. The world looks for spectacular displays; God
uses a holy life.
final temptation Satan proposed for Jesus to achieve God’s will was by
worshiping Satan (Matt. 4:8–9). In return, Satan offered to give Him all the
kingdoms of the world. By compromising, Jesus could gain a powerful ally, and
achieve His mission without suffering the cross. Jesus knew that only God was
to be worshiped and to do this would not bring instant success, as Satan
promised, but devastating failure.
you seek to follow God, temptations will inevitably come. Sometimes they will
come to you immediately after a spiritual victory. Jesus relied on God’s Word to
see Him through the temptations that could have destroyed Him and thwarted
God’s plan. He has modeled the way for you to meet every temptation.