3/7/19

Good morning!

Text: Luke 4 (Leviticus 5-6)

After Jesus is baptized, He goes into the desert (wilderness) where Satan tempts Him.  The account begins thus:

And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days.  (Luke 4:1-2)

After Jesus’ temptation, He returns:

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee… (Luke 4:14)

While the details of Satan’s temptations in verses 3-13 are interesting, what caught my attention is in these two verses – Jesus went into the desert “full of the Holy Spirit” and came back “in the power of the Spirit.”  When Jesus faced Satan, He was fully equipped to handle the situation.  Jesus has no sin nature for temptation to arouse, and being filled with the Holy Spirit allows no room for invaders.  Jesus is victorious, unable to be tempted by the devil.  After Satan’s assault, we see something new.  Jesus is now “in the power of the Spirit.”  What would make sense at first look is that a battle with Satan would deplete and exhaust.  But instead we see here that it empowers.  That is what victory does.  When we are tempted and win the battle, we emerge more powerful.  Think about that.

in Him, Mike