“9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully. 11 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.”
The world is big on show and flash. If something glitters we want it. If somebody does something big, we want to see it.
The devil tempted Jesus with the big show, the sensational. But this is not why Jesus was sent into the world. Time after time in Jesus’ ministry we read that He asked people not to tell others after he healed them.
He did not want people to depend on the miracle for their faith but on His words. If the miracle took precedence in His ministry then the cross would seem like one more show.
Jesus chose the road that would lead others to salvation...the hard road of faith.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)