Before Jesus began preaching the Gospel of God, He was moved by the Spirit of God to retreat alone into the desert for an extended period of self-examination. He was about to put His very life at risk for the sake of the Gospel of God. He was empowered by God to carry out His ministry but, in His humanity, He had to deal with the question of how to use that power. Through forty days and forty nights of prayer and fasting, Jesus entered into a profound experience of the Presence of God. At the same time, He was drawn into a deep experience of Satan, grandmaster of the misuses of power.
Three times the devil tempted Jesus to use His power as the Son of God for His own purposes. “Just put yourself in my hands, the devil said in effect, “and you will gain control of the whole world. Accept my authority and we’ll show the world who’s really in charge.”…
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