Tempted and Tried
Jesus facing the temptations of Satan was a monumental moment for all of humanity. The three temptations that Jesus faced were ones that speak to much of what we face today, and Jesus staying true to His mission amid these enticing attacks speaks to the credibility of Him as Lord and Messiah. You see, I truly believe that Satan knew who Jesus was, and I believe that Satan had hopeful results that would come from his temptations. Satan knew Jesus, yes, but he also knew that if he could get Jesus to give in to, at least, one of the temptations that it would remove any and all credibility that Jesus carried amongst His followers then, and now. Jesus would prove to be another Adam who experienced a fall. So, when Jesus stood up to the temptations of Satan, He was responding to Satan and to us. What was His message? Jesus was proclaiming right then and there that He was the Prophesied Messiah. Jesus was proclaiming that He was the one who was to bring freedom for the captives and restore not just any sight, but spiritual sight to the blind. This is why 2 Corinthians 5:21 speaks just as loudly as Jesus’ response to Satan.
21 Christ had no sin, but God made him become sin so that in Christ we could become right with God. (NCV)
Think about it. Pray about it. God bless.
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