Soon after His baptism, Sprit led Him into a desolate place to be tempted by Satan.
After 40 days of fasting, the Devil came to Lord Jesus to tempt Him.
I believe that our Lord was tempted for two reasons.
To learn to depend upon the Holy Spirit
To prove His Lordship and Messiahship
We should not forget that our Lord was lonely and hungry identifying with humanity.
As we know that Lord Jesus in the incarnation He was 100% man and 100% God.
Two times Satan tempts the Lord using His title, “if You are the Son of God”.
He was provoking Him to use His powers as God to make bread from rocks and to jump from the highest point of the temple.
In those moments our Lord was completely identifying with humanity as 100% man.
He depended upon the strength of the Word of God to overcome Satan’s attacks.
Satan tempted Him twice to use His powers as God.
Lastly, Satan showed the Lord showing all the kingdoms of the world.
He tempted the Lord to bow to him and worship him for all that he showed.
Indirectly, Satan is tempting the Lord that He does not have to suffer the death on the cross to fulfill God’s purpose.
Satan was tempting the Lord to compromise with him to achieve the same purpose.
All the three temptations, our Lord Jesus used the scripture to confront the devil.
The same way Satan tempted Lord Jesus is the same way he tempts us.
The way Lord Jesus responded should be the same way we should respond to Satan’s attack.
He seems always intimidating because next to God the devil is the most powerful being in the universe.
Satan attacks us when we are lonely, desperate, and at our low point in life.
Holy Spirit allows such moments to test us, to try us, and to strengthen us in our faith walk.
God is purifying us through trials and temptations so that we can be used in His service.
We can confront evil never with our strength but with help of Holy Spirit and the Word of God.