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A Closer Look At Temptations

posted Feb 13, 2016, 5:32 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Feb 13, 2016, 6:01 PM ]
First Sunday of Lent
A Closer Look At Temptations
Immediately after his baptism, Jesus went into retreat to conceptualise a plan for his impending ministry. How was he going to introduce himself and reveal the Father in a positive light? How will the people react? How to deal with people -- his friends, his foes, believers in Yahweh, atheists and so on. That's when the devil tempted Jesus three times. The first temptation, for Jesus to use his powers to turn stone into bread, was about materialism. Not only would bread ease Jesus' hunger, but using this ability to create material things at the snap of his finger could also enable Jesus to bribe and manipulate people. The second, to bow down and worship the devil, is spiritual. Why bother to toil and wrestle with life's problems when the devil can take care of them for you? Just worship the devil! The third, for Jesus to throw himself down from the heights is about sensationalism. Why bother with truth; just manipulate people with sensationalism, never mind if they are not true! Jesus rejected the devil's temptation. We pray for the strength and grace to do the same.