Temptation: Jesus’ and Ours

by Greg Gwin

The account of Jesus’ temptation by Satan is very important for us to study.  First, it teaches that He was subject to temptation, “in all points … like as we are” (Hebrews 4:15). It is great to know that Jesus understands the things we face. Why?  Because He has been there.

Second we learn that, though tempted, He “did no sin” (1 Peter 2:22). This gives us the satisfaction of having a perfect sacrifice for our sins — and a greater gift than that has never been given.

But, again, studying the actual record of His temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) we learn how Jesus overcame His temptations. Each time Satan approached Him, Jesus replied, “It is written”. His strength against temptation was the Scriptures, and it must be our strength as well.

Finally, consider a fact that is often overlooked. Matthew says “then the devil leaveth him” (4:11) and we might assume that now Jesus would need to deal with him no more. Not so!  Luke says the devil “departed from him for a season” (4:13), or as one version has it, “he left him until an opportune time”. Our point is simply this: as long as Jesus walked upon the earth it was necessary for Him to resist Satan. Satan was looking for every “opportunity” to tempt Him. What does this tell us?  It demonstrates that we can never let down our guard – that we must always be ready to “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Eph. 6:16).

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