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The Temptation of Jesus 2.14.2016
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KJV Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.




Today is the first Sunday of Lent in which we in our tradition prepare for the great celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter (Sundays are not included in the count).

The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. One could call it a ritual and in that it could be viewed as some other tradition of man to be followed, but on the other hand one could also allow it to guide one's meditations into those Scriptures which specifically focus on the love of God which was demonstrated on the cross. Tradition and ritual in and of themselves are not a bad thing, but it is only when they become rote and meaningless observances that they lose their power. May we pray that through these times together with one another and in prayer in His Word that we would be drawn to a deeper relationship with our beloved Redeemer, Jesus Christ. The two verses below speak of Christ's victory and believing(faith) in that victory, we have eternal life.


John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?



We heard read the account from Genesis of the temptation of man in the Garden of Eden in which he/we fell into sin. There are two temptations stories in the Bible: There is man's temptation and there is Christ's temptation. All other temptations are connected to these two temptations. When man is tempted, man will fall, when Christ is tempted, Satan will fall.


This temptation occurred right after Jesus had been baptized by John the Baptizer, after the Holy Spirit had descended upon Jesus and after He had heard His Father speak from heaven those wonderful words: "You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

Now He is led into the wilderness by the Spirit. Let us note that the devil did not ask for Jesus to be sent into the wilderness, but rather Jesus was sent by the Spirit. This should give us some knowledge as to what this was all about in that it was going to be a demonstration of the power of God in Christ rather than a contest to see who is the stronger.

After forty days without food, the tempter came to Jesus.

First Temptation (Use your powers to alleviate your hunger)
3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Second Temptation (Pride Power Possessions)
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The devil does not use the doubt tactic this time, as he offers him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. Would Jesus go for this one? It seems like the devil has given up trying to separate Jesus from His Father and His Word, so now perhaps Jesus will be enticed to go for the honor and glory of man in all his Possessions Pride and Power. The three P's.....Possessions, Pride, Power

What is the devil doing? Does he not know who Jesus is and what he came here for? Pride comes to the forefront here in the devil's attack, and why not. It worked with the first Adam, it has continued to work through the years with the result that people war against each other instead of against the devil who is the real enemy. But as we said earlier, this is no contest, but this is a demonstration of the power of God in Christ Jesus. Where as pride desires to have and to use things for personal gain, humility seeks to serve others and in the case of Jesus, He came to serve and not to be served.

Worship: It is ascribing worth to someone. Jesus here tells the devil that there is only One worthy of worship, the Lord thy God. The evidence of His worship of God by Jesus was that He was staying connected to His Father, His God and His Word.

Third Temptation (Prove God)
Luke 4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Satan now uses scripture to support his call to Jesus to "prove" that He give a sign of His Godness/Divinity by jumping off the high point of the temple. Jesus responds by saying that to do that would be to tempt God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote concerning this tempatation: "Faith which demands more than the Word of God in precept and in promise, becomes a temptation of God. To tempt God means to lay upon God Himself guilt, unfaithfulness and falsehood, instead upon Satan."

13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

What was it like for Jesus, forty days in alone with no one around, no people to encourage him, no voice from heaven, He was alone with the devil. How long was this going to go on? What more did weapons did the devil have to use to stop Jesus' mission of love. But, wait, the devil left him.....and behold, notice the word behold, the angels came and ministered unto him..........He was alone, He was hungry, He had been attacked, but He did not yield. He was tempted in all ways, but without sin. Behold, the angels came and ministered unto Him. They served Him.



John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 5 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

We are overcomers by faith in the finished work of Jesus, but what about our temptations? We are all tempted, and we all fall to temptation and we sin, in actions of what we should not do and in actions that we should do. No one is perfect and we know this from what the Bible says and by experience. Satan wants our worship and he will stop at nothing to get it. He does not care how many lives he destroys to gather his flock to himself which will one day be in outer darkness. He comes in disguise and the more power he gains, he becomes more bold in his approach.

He begins by taking one finger (metaphorically speaking) and in the end takes our entire body in order to finally get our heart.

Does the Bible give us any kind of plan of attack to resist his attacks? Yes, it does....


Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

May I close with Apostle Paul's encouragement to the Romans concerning our state of victory in Christ.

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

May we continue to live by His Word alone!

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 14 Feb 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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