I am reading Luke 4 from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Here are a few of my thoughts. What are your thoughts?
- Who is the devil? The Bible is not clear about who the Devil: a fallen angel, a person with horns, or any other popular idea as depicted by the movies. According to the book of Job, the devil is an accuser or attorney testing God. Was God who God claimed to be? The devil, in Luke 4, is cross examining Jesus, testing Jesus whether Jesus’ claims about himself are true or not.
- In the beginning of chapter four, it says that Jesus was both full of the Holy Spirit and led by the Spirit. For forty days, Jesus was tempted by the devil. Everyone is tempted, even Jesus. As Christians, we will be tempted. It is our response to temptation. Temptation is not a sin, but a natural part of life. Will we succumb to temptation, or will we be able to stand strong like Jesus’ example? When we are successful in dealing with our temptations, we will be tempted later, but we pray that we will be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as Jesus was filled.
- Jesus was tempted in three ways: with physical needs or wants, prestige or power, and immortality. Each time the devil tries to test Jesus with a lie about God, Jesus used the scriptures to stand strong. When we are tempted, the more we know about God, the more we know God, the easier it will be for us to withstand temptation.
- At the very end of the chapter, Jesus had displayed his power, healing people, casting out demons, and preaching the good news. The crowds did not want Jesus to leave. They wanted him and his talents for themselves. Do we keep the message of Christ to ourselves? The more that we share the Good News, the wider the news will spread. Let’s not be like those crowds but enable Christ to be shared!