Lent: Journey According To Luke


Temptation! We all face it and we all have to learn how to resist and overcome. In our scripture for today we read that even Jesus was tempted by the devil. In fact, the scriptures assure us that Jesus was tempted in every way, just like we are, and yet he did not sin. Because Jesus was tempted just like we are, he is able to sympathize with us in our weakness. This empathy actually causes him to pray and intercede for us. Imagine that - Jesus, the Son of God, is right now at the right hand of the Father praying for you.

According to 1 John 2:16 there are three main categories of temptation. These are the same three areas in which Jesus was tempted:
a) Sinful cravings of the flesh – Jesus was tempted to give in to the hunger of his flesh by abusing his power and turning stones into bread.
b) Lust of the eyes – the devil showed Jesus the splendor and glory of the kingdoms of this world and tempted him to gain all of this by following the devil’s plan instead of God’s plan for his life.
c) Pride of life – Jesus was tempted to exalt himself and put God to the test by assuming that God would save him if he jumped off the highest point of the temple.

Jesus was indeed tempted in every way, just like we are, and he understands our weaknesses. But he also set the example for us by overcoming and resisting every temptation. He wants to help us to do the same. So, the next time you’re tempted by the devil, why not take a moment to pray and ask Jesus to help you overcome, just like he did.

• What holds you back from trusting God; what are the areas of your life where fear or unbelief hinders you in your discipleship?
• It is not enough for Jesus to be ‘used’ to provide physical healing alone.
• How can you appreciate more fully the wonder of the salvation he brings?
• What desperate needs could you bring to Jesus today?

Lord Jesus, thank you that you understand my weaknesses. When you were on this earth you were tempted in every way, just like I am. Yet, you overcame. You resisted the temptation and did not sin. Please forgive me for those times when I have not resisted but given in to temptation and sinned against you. I ask you to help me to overcome the next time I am tempted. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen!