pen-nib

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 that Jesus gives Satan, Satan certainly would like to forget the the whole event.

That leaves only Jesus:  Jesus purposefully tells the story of the Temptation to the disciples and it is eventually recorded in the Gospels.

The question we should ponder is “Why did Jesus want the Temptation to be written down?”

Here are some potential reasons.  Jesus wants to:

As we read scripture, we should always meditate on its meaning in prayer.  Especially when Jesus Himself has made it a point to share a private experience.