Luke 4:1–4 (ESV)
The Temptation of Jesus (Temptation #1)
4 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said
to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’ ”
Jesus has just been baptized and his ministry is just beginning. He is immediately led by the Spirit in the Wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. I have often heard people say that being tempted is a sin. I say no,
it is what and how you treat the temptation. Jesus was tempted three times in the wilderness. Don’t ever think that Jesus was only tempted three times in his life. He faced the same temptations that we face. We see that Jesus
did not succumb to the temptations. To make things worse, Jesus ate nothing for forty days and he was hungry. Can you imagine going forty days without eating. I can’t! Moses went forty days without any food or water while he was
on the mountain with God. Exodus 34:28 (ESV): “28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”
Wow! I start missing my meal if I miss it by an hour. I have fasted for 30 hours, but forty days... this would have impaired most people. The devil goes straight for his stomach. He says: “If you are the Son of God, command
this stone to become bread.” The devil is going after his physical needs. Jesus does not give in, but quotes the Scriptures and says “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” Remember that
today’s reading says Jesus “was hungry”, but Jesus did not give in like Adam in the Garden of Eden.
Did the devil know that Jesus is the Son of God? Remember that the devil
was a fallen angel and was kicked out of heaven. Sure he knew Him from days of old. We will see other places in the Bible that the devil said “I know who you are, the Holy One of God! (Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34)” Yea, the devil
knows Jesus. If the devil is not afraid to go after Jesus, then he is not afraid to go after you. I pray: O Lord, protect me from the devil and all his ways, and lead me not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Help me to keep
my eyes focused on you. Help me to endure in my faith until the end. You are my Savior and I give thanks that you have saved me from my sins. Amen.