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Daily Reading: 27th June 2016

Matthew 4.1-3 cont.

1 Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit, to be tempted by the devil.

2 And afterwards, having fasted for forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. 

3 And the tempter, approaching said to Him: “If You are the Son of God tell to these stones to become loaves of bread.”

As we have seen the testing of Jesus was whilst He was alone, and after He had been on His own for nearly six weeks. However, it was a time when He would have been alone with His Father, and with the Holy Spirit. Perhaps during this time we can see the reality of the unity of the Father Son and Holy Spirit.

It was a time that Jesus would have used to commune with His Father to prepare Him for the work He had come to the earth to do.

Being alone with God is essential for all of us. Yet one of the difficulties that we all face is the ever increasing busyness of life. We are all faced with the challenge of being too busy that we have no time to retreat to be alone with Jesus.

A word from God that seems to be a constant for us comes from Psalm 46.10:

“Be still, and know that I am God” – (NLT).

It is a very important command from our loving Heavenly Father that we must cease from our work and enter into a time when we can commune with Him in solitude.

Jesus needed forty days and forty nights to be alone with the Father. We need to hear Him say to us:

Come privately by yourselves, into a solitary place and take it easy for a while” – Mark 6.31.

It is the best preparation for the works of service that He has called us to do.

We have also seen that the testing, or tempting of Jesus came at a time when He was physically weak and mentally vulnerable through the pangs of hunger and the need for contact with other humans.

However, it would also have been a time when Jesus had strengthened His understanding of His calling through His time spent with the Father in the wilderness. It would have been a time when His commitment to do the work of the Father was made clearer. It would have been a time when He would have been encouraged to put His life on the line in order to accomplish the task of saving sinners.

The wilderness experience of Jesus was an essential part of His being prepared in readiness for going to the cross for you and me.


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