Sunday, February 26
And he was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him. (Mark 1:13) Jesus answered Satan saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Luke 4:4) Again Jesus answered Satan saying, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” (Luke 4:8) For a third time Jesus answered Satan saying, “It is said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” (Luke 4:12)
Satan is a real person, a fallen angelic being, who through rebellion lost his position in heaven. We recognize this foe and his kingdom of darkness; we are in a spiritual battle which demands our continual standing in Christ, our power.
For because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18) For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15) Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
Those who succumb to temptation have the hope of God’s light in the darkness they are surrounded by if they will only cry out in their wilderness, repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” (Matthew 4:16)
-Submitted by Janeen Breyman
Jesus would be intimidated neither by fear of Satan in the wilderness nor by the arrest of his mentor, John the Baptist. Rather, he was a man of action going to Galilee and proclaiming the good news of God. Do you find your lifestyle one controlled by fear or by possibility?