Luke 4

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)

Matthew 4

Matthew 4:

Jesus Tempted of the Devil

 

                Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, because of this Jesus fasted for “…forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.” (Matthew 4:2)

After he had fasted for many days, Satan came to tempt Jesus.

Satan tries to use his incredible knowledge of the gospel and the scriptures to trick Jesus. Remember just because Satan is evil, does not mean that he is dumb. In fact, I would say that second to only Jesus and God the Eternal Father, Satan’s scripture knowledge tops the charts.

Satan tries to outsmart Jesus…

“…If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” (Matthew 4:3)

Jesus responds quickly and firmly; “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)

Satan then takes Jesus upon the top of the pinnacle of the temple and tells him; “…If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” (Matthew 4:6)

Jesus responds simply; “…It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4:7)

Upon Satan’s last and desperate try to trick Jesus, takes Him upon the top of an exceedingly high mountain top and shows Jesus the kingdoms of the world and tells Him; “…All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9)

Jesus at this point has had enough and tells Satan; “…Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:10)

Even the most spiritually grounded individuals; the ones that wear the armor of God can be weakened and beaten down. Jesus, after having fasted for 40 days and nights was at one of the weakest moments in his earthly life. He let Satan tempt him 3 times, each time resisting his demands. By doing so, Jesus was able to feel the pressure of evil temptation from the devil himself! These temptations allowed Jesus to enter into our own shoes, so that he would know what we would go through during our lives. Jesus suffered the greatest temptations, and yet overcame them for our benefit.

In the end, Satan was spewing lies. Could he have offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world? No, because they were never his to give. Jesus knew this and garnered enough strength to fight the adversary and become triumphant. We too can overcome Satan’s temptations and become triumphant! After Jesus casts Satan out of his presence, angels came to administer to Jesus. If we focus on ridding the devil from our own lives and overcome the temptations of the world, we too can feel the presence of administering angels.

With full strength and victory over evil, Jesus departs into Galilee to follow word that John the Baptist has been imprisoned. From that time forward; “…Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17) Jesus walks by the Sea of Galilee and calls the fisherman; “…Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) These men, being called to serve “…straightway left their nets, and followed him.” (Matthew 4:20). In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no waiting, there is no hesitation. When you are called to serve, to preach the word of God you GO and you DO.

Jesus began his ministry and “…went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)