Preparation, Temptation, and Hope: Matthew 4
It all begins by facing his ancient foe. But, Jesus does not go on his own accord instead he is led by the Spirit. He is bound to his Father’s will and he wills that Jesus, as the second Adam, must face the temptation just like the first Adam. For forty days and nights Jesus fasted as he prepared. And Jesus was really tempted. The Son of God faced hunger – how easy was it to turn bread into stones? The almighty God faced suffering and death – why not call upon angels for assistance? The King of Kings would face derision, humiliation, and Roman crucifixion at the behest of his own people – why not take the scepter for himself? The writer of Hebrews says, “For we do not have 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.” (Heb 4:15)
It is a divine mystery that he was tempted as we are, yet as the God-man he could not and would not sin. Even so, as extraordinary as Jesus is, he used the ordinary means of God’s Word in his heart to buffet the accuser’s attacks. And we can take great comfort, for we know that not only does he sympathize with our weakness, but he overcomes it through his perfect obedience. Where Adam rebelled, Jesus obeyed, even to the point of suffering the wrath of God for our sins. This is our hope.
How do you prepare for and face temptation? When you fail where do you find hope? - RG