When Jesus was in the desert we know of very little that happened considering that he was there for 40 days. What we do know is that:
- it was the first thing He did before serving the ministry we read about and after being baptized.
- we know it ended with angels of The Lord ministering to Him which was preceded by the temptation He endured.
- We know that He did not eat or drink any food or water for the time.
Let us focus by the power of The Holy Ghost on the temptations, namely how Jesus handled those temptations. Satan came tempting Our Saviour while He was walking in the weakness of the flesh. In Satan’s nefarious way he came tempting Jesus in a moment when any one of us would most likely have been feeling much chagrin. This was satan’s best chance to take down the Second Adam. To take from us Our Saviour. We know that Jesus kept His strength in The Lord and overcame. At 30 or so He was wise to handle this situation and this is how He did it. Please learn from this model: He was desperate to be in relationship at all times with His Father. In this circumstance this is How His Father had Him handle this situation:
- He said No to Satan
- He explained why He said no by using scripture
- He was aware that satan was going to try again with different circumstances, settings and temptations.
- Again He said no and used scripture
How did Jesus know that Satan was going to persist? How is that He maybe was not caught by surprise? Isaiah tells us that <And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But with righteousness shall he judge> Because of God’s wisdom in Jesus He was prepared and knew what to expect. This always is a brick in the building of the assurance of victory!
Let us also see that this encounter between good and evil was a foreshadowing of the ultimate defeat that satan endured, endures and will endure. As we witnesses see , this is the beginning of a relationship between Jesus and the enemy. Jesus knows now beyond a shadow of a doubt that satan is real. He is now more fully equipped to battle the enemy which had been manifesting itself all around Him in all different ways. Jesus in relation to Satan throughout His ministry does all sorts of things: Jesus rebukes Him, Jesus humors a request by his legion, Jesus seeks to save those tricked by him, Jesus is in a relationship with Our and His Father Yahweh and is desperate for this relationship above all else. Through this relationship Jesus learns how to handle His relationship with satan. Just as king david was after God’s own heart and had victory over His powerful enemy Saul, Jesus the man has victory over His powerful enemy satan.