“Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan
and was led by the Spirit in the desert,
where for forty days he was tempted by the devil”
Immediately after His Baptism the Spirit took Jesus into the desert. Mark’s Gospel stated He was ‘sent’ by the Spirit. The understanding is that God compelled Him to go there. In the desert He was tempted by the devil for forty days – not just at the end. The wild animals referred to by Mark indicate a time of danger and spiritual warfare.
The first temptation was to display His powers – and in a way that would also provide for His own human needs and desires. By implication this would be to then focus on doing the same for others during His ministry. When Satan said to Him “If You are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread” it was not really an attack on His identity. That identity had just been affirmed by God in a powerful and significant way at His baptism. Satan was tempting Him to exhibit that He was the Son of God. This same challenge would come to Jesus again during His ministry.
Jesus response was to be foundational for the years that lay ahead. He was quite explicit that a first priority in life is hearing and responding to the directives of God – and He would live it out.
• “Jesus answered, “It is written: `Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4)
• “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” (John 14:31)
What hunger in my life gets the most attention? Does feeding it increase the hunger?
Father please help me to feed on Your word and to find its value in my life. Amen.