Posts Tagged ‘Jesus in the wilderness’

Luke 4:1-13 Led By The Spirit

Victory through Christ Jesus

Jesus modeled the way through

We are at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry now with Luke. Jesus has just finished being baptized by John in the river Jordan. During His baptism God sent miraculous signs to at least John to cement Jesus’ deity in John’s mind and heart. Now it is time for Jesus final preparations.

Before beginning this reading today, I was feeling discouraged and uncertain. Discouraged at the prospect of finding something new in our third visit to this scene. Needless to say, I’m glad there won’t be a fourth visit. I love the story and appreciate the importance of Jesus enduring this testing phase, but finding something new every time is VERY challenging. I know. It’s supposed to be God’s job to provide the insight but I still like knowing a little about where I’m going before starting off on our Read more »

Mark 1:12-13 Wilderness Time

Be still

Be still

Mark is still moving very quickly through the “preliminaries” of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Not that these events are somehow not worth dwelling on, but that he seems in a hurry to get to the “action stories.” Jesus in the wilderness is definitely important enough for Mark to mention, but he didn’t feel his audience would want to dwell on it, AND the Holy Spirit didn’t prompt him to dwell on it either. We always have to remember the audience Mark was writing to and that ALL scripture is inspired by God. Maybe Mark was just an “action fanatic” and wanted to get to the big scenes. Read more »

Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus in the Wilderness

Eternity hangs in the balance

Eternity hangs in the balance

“Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (verse 1). It sounds ominous. Knowing you are going into battle with your chief enemy. This too was part of God’s plan and Jesus’ process as our Savior. He went through it so He could identify with us in every way.

The stage is set. Jesus fasts for 40 days. What did He do during those 40 days? I’m sure He prayed A LOT but did that take up all His time? Lengthy prayer time and I are seldom in the same realm with each other. I’m certain God would like that to change. I know I need to visit this area in my relationship with Him.

I got sidetracked looking at the risks v benefits of long term fasting. I have thought about doing a long term fast before but when I do even short term ones I get TOO cranky and weak. I don’t think I, or those who have to live with me, would survive me trying to do a 40 day fast. Did Jesus do a strict fast? I’m sure He had to take in water to survive, but did He do any kind of supplements? I’m sure He was weakened during His ordeal. Was He cranky, like me, too? Read more »