“Then Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted, tested, and tried by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 Amplified
As we continue to look at Jesus humanness we see that after His baptism He was led into the wilderness to be tempted, tested, and tried by the devil. Wait, what? The Holy Spirit led Him to be tested, tempted, and tried? We don’t like to think of the Holy Spirit or God leading us into temptation, at least I don’t. I think of Him protecting me and saving me from temptation, testing, and trials. In Mark 1:12 it says the Holy Spirit drove Him out into the wilderness. Even in the Lords prayer Jesus told His disciples to pray that the Lord lead them NOT into temptation because He understood it was hard to handle.
To me, this is the best example of Jesus humanness. He was alone, hungry, thirsty and being tested, tempted, and tried by the devil. Have you ever been alone, hungry and tested, tempted, and tried by the devil? Of course you have and so have I. The key to this, to me, is how Jesus overcame this time in his humanity. He used the most powerful weapon on earth that we are given, the Word. Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power, making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life and the immortal spirit, and of joints, marrow (the deepest parts of our nature), exposing, sifting, analyzing, and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” That’s a very long verse but such a powerful one.
God uses our testing, trials and temptations to strengthen us, not defeat us, but we must follow Jesus example. Whenever the devil tried to get Jesus to weaken, He fought him with the word. The first temptation was regarding Jesus hunger when satan told Him that if He was hungry to turn the stones into bread. Now Jesus could have done that, but He was strengthening Himself through denial. He replied with scripture, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3. Jesus is explaining to us that there is physical bread and there is spiritual bread, and the latter is more needful.
In the next trial satan said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God (he always tries to make us doubt), throw yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone.” So we see here the devil trying to counter with scripture himself. That speaks to me about being careful when doing battle with someone over what the Word says. We must be wary of that as people have a tendency to make the Word say what they want it to say. Jesus again quoted from Deuteronomy (6:16) saying, “You shall not tempt, test, or try the Lord your God.”
Lastly, the devil took Jesus up to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and said to Him, “All these things I will give to You, if You will bow down and worship me.” Surely satan knew Jesus, as part of the Trinity, had created everything so it was already His, so why did he ask Him that? Remember, we’re talking about Jesus in His humanity, I suppose in His “weakened state” maybe the devil thought Jesus was more vulnerable. That speaks to me of my vulnerability in my flesh, and to stay strong keeping my eyes focused on God.
Jesus replied to old slewfoot by telling him, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve.” Deuteronomy 6:13.
It’s wonderful to know scripture, but you may feel it’s hard to memorize, but you can always write them down and read them, I highly recommend that. When temptations, trials and testings come read the Word out loud, it will strengthen you and defeat the devil.
In Matthew 4:11 we’re told that after this the devil departed and angels came and ministered to Him. Doesn’t that sound wonderful, you can defeat the devil too, try it.