No sooner had Jesus been baptised than temptation began.
Whilst it is clear that Luke considers Jesus to be the Messiah, Saviour and Lord (Luke 2:11), he also draws out Jesus’ humanity. We indeed have a Messiah, Saviour and Lord who can relate to our human condition. We feel the draw to sin that Jesus experienced in Luke 4:1-13.
The devil knows how to probe us. Consider the devil’s probing question of Adam and Eve: “Did God really say…” (Gen 3:1). We find ourselves tempted to defend God based on the apparent reality presented by the Devil. Where Adam and Eve failed, Jesus succeeded.
1. Accusation: “If you are the Son of God…” (Luke 4:3)
But Jesus doesn’t need to prove himself by the devil’s standards, rather he does it by God’s standards: “It is written…” (4:4). The bible is God’s standard
2. Temptation: “If you worship me it will all be yours” (4:7)
Again Jesus uses God’s standards “It is written…” and is not drawn into the devils plot
3. Reinterpretation: “For it is written…” (4:10)
The devil gets the hint and starts to use scripture as a weapon against Jesus. Again Jesus is not drawn in and correctly applies scripture to the situation. “It [scripture] says…”
Oh to have the mind of Christ and see through the devils schemes. For me this brief episode of Jesus temptation gives me eyes to see how the devil works. My defense for his schemes is not my own strength or power, but the bible. I need to be careful to react not with my own logic but simply with the words of scripture.
Lord teach me your ways, help me to delight in your word, may my mind be soaked in your scripture, and the Holy Spirit present to point me toward you, no matter what the devil tempts me with.