Luke 4: Jesus Tempted
Jesus, being full of the Holy Ghost returns from Jordan and is led into the wilderness;
“Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward was hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” (Luke 4:2-3)
After 40 days of pure exhaustion, Satan came to tempt Jesus by asking Him to perform a miracle. Could Jesus have turned the rock to bread? I would say yes, however, it was not up to Jesus to prove Himself to the Devil. Jesus responds; “…It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” (Luke 4:4)
The Devil then takes Jesus up to a high mountain and tells Him, that all of the kingdoms of the world would be His, if He just fell to the ground and worshiped him. However, the kingdoms of the world were never the Devil’s to give away. Jesus answered him; “…Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8)
Satan then takes Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and tells Him to jump off, for it is written that “…He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee.” (Luke 4:10) Jesus then tells Satan that he should not tempt God and Satan departs. Jesus was now free from the temptations and returned to Galilee where he taught many people. Jesus enters a synagogue on the Sabbath and is given the book of the prophet Esaias to read in front of the congregation. Jesus opens the book and reads; “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised….” (Luke 4:18) (see also Isaiah 61:1-2) Jesus then closed the book and sat down, where the people were astonished at His words.
Jesus then tells them that; “…No prophet is accepted in his own country.” (Luke 4:24) Jesus then cites Elijah, explaining how the widow of Zarephath and Elisha and the healing of the Syrian Naaman, who were both gentiles. This angers the people, and they try to throw Him off of a hill. However, Jesus walks straight through them and goes down to Capernaum in the city of Galilee and taught the people there on the Sabbath, who “…were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.” (Luke 4:32) This means that Jesus did not just teach the Gospel, but taught it with Power and Authority, that was granted to him. Not just anyone can preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus entered into one synagogue; a man who was stricken with an unclean spirit immediately called out to Him. The evil spirit said to Jesus; “…Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.” (Luke 4:34) It is important to note that the evil spirit knew who Jesus was, and somewhat feared His power. Jesus rebukes the evil spirit and casts him out of the man. Immediately the people were astonished and said; “…for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits…” (Luke 4:36) Jesus did not just cast the evil spirits out, but He did it with POWER and AUTHORITY!
Jesus then enters the house of Simon, where his wife’s mother was sick with a fever. Jesus immediately heals her and many others who are brought before Him. Jesus then departs into other cities, He leaves the people with an address; “…I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also; for therefore am I sent.” (Luke 4:43)