Thanks, Satan, for attempting to tempt Jesus.

In the Temptation, Satan foolishly seeks to tempt the un-temptable Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Carl Olson from Our Sunday Visitor offers three wonderful reasons that we should be grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ for revealing what happened at the Temptation to us.  

Daredevils dare devils. And test God. Don’t do it.

  In the the Temptation account from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 4:1-13) , Jesus offers a powerful lesson about tempting God: [9] And he took him to Jerusalem, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here;  [10] for it […]

Satan’s wait’n.

There is something very interesting in the last line of Luke’s narrative of the Temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13): [13] And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. This is a powerful statement that demands further reflection.  Consider: Jesus has just thoroughly refuted each attack by Satan, […]

Learn Scripture: You never know when you might need it.

  During the Temptation (Luke 4:1-13), Jesus defeats Satan using Scripture: [1] And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit [2] for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry.  [3] The […]

Jesus says, “Write this down…” Why?

  Have you ever wondered how we know about the Temptation (Luke 4:1-13; Matt 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13) account when none of the Gospel writers were present?  For Jesus, it was a private experience. In the Gospel accounts there are no eyewitnesses to the Temptation, excepting, of course for Jesus and Satan.  And given the thrashing […]

Throwdown at the Temptation: Jesus Godhandles Satan

While Satan had a relatively easy time man-handling Adam at Eden, at the Temptation (Luke 4:1-13) , Satan will be God-handled by Jesus: [1] And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit [2] for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those […]

Eden II – The New Adam Arrives

Continuing reflections on the account of the Temptation in the Gospel from the first Sunday of Lent (Luke 4:1-13), today there is a great example of God’s great plan of Salvation at work for the triumph at the Temptation is a followup to the disaster at Eden:

The Temptation Diet – Eat nothing.

  The account of the Temptation in the Gospel from the first Sunday of Lent (Luke 4:1-13) offers overwhelming evidence for the awe-inspiring qualities of Jesus Christ.  One could spend perhaps an entire Lenten season meditating on just the Temptation of Christ, so rich is it with insights into the unique greatness of Jesus.  In […]