Into Temptation

Jesus was sent into the desert, led

by the Spirit.


He was not tempted because

he departed from God’s will.


It was Jesus strength that was tested, not

not his weakness. One is tempted only to do

that which lies within one’s capacity. The

greater one’s capacities, the greater one’s



Jesus survived the test in the desert …

not simply by quoting Scripture,

nor by denouncing the offers;


Jesus did not use the power available to him to avoid

the hard path of human life,

the long road of self-giving service.


Jesus did not use God

to leapfrog life’s challenges.


And Jesus’ temptations did not end in the desert.


With the church, the story is the same;

testing never ceases, in Lent and beyond.


 This is why we gather and pray:

“…Let Your name be hallowed. Your will be done.

Give us bread for today.

Lead us not into temptation.

Deliver us from the evil one.”



Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.      

The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

   But he answered, “It is written,

  ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Matthew 4:1-3



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