Dear Pastor, Preacher, or Bible Teacher –
Just a quick thought today from a familiar passage:
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit
into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matthew 4:1)
After identifying with sinners in His baptism, Jesus then identified with them again in severe temptation. Because this was a necessary part of His ministry, so Jesus truly was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness.
There was a remarkable contrast between the glory following Jesus’ baptism and the challenge to be tempted by the devil.
- At His baptism, Jesus enjoyed the cool waters of the Jordan; now with His temptation Jesus faced the barren wilderness.
- Then there were huge crowds; now there was solitude and silence.
- Then the Spirit rested like a dove; now the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.
- Then Jesus heard the voice of the Father called Him “Beloved Son”; now He heard the hiss of Satan the tempter.
- Then Jesus was anointed; now He was attacked.
- Then the water of baptism; now the fire of temptation.
- First the heavens opened; now it was as if hell opened.
Here’s one point to draw for servants of Jesus to draw from the life of our Savior:
Each season was led by the Holy Spirit and was in the will of God.
Don’t think that a hard season means you’re out of God’s will or no longer in step with the Spirit.
Blessings to you in Jesus’ Name – David Guzik