“1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.”
The account of the wilderness journey of Jesus is an account that could only have come from Jesus himself, told by Him to his disciples at some point in His life. In that regard, this story is unique and sacred.
Jesus was led into the wilderness of Judea by the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil. The Holy Spirit, our advocate, who leads us and guides us into an ever deepening relationship with God, led Christ into temptation in order to prepare Him for His earthly ministry.
Christ’s temptation gives us insight into His humanity as well as His divinity, and shows us His dependence upon God’s word as a source of His power and strength.
As Christ’s ministry began, the forces of evil did their best to draw him into the darkness.
“But the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)