March 5, 2017
“If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” (Matt 4:3 RSVCE)
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down..." (Matt 4:6 RSVCE)
“All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”Matt 4:9 RSVCE)
Immediately following His Baptism, Jesus is lead by the Holy Spirit into the desert to fast for forty days and nights. During the Baptism, the Father proclaims that Jesus is His Beloved Son. Now that He is in the wilderness, the territory of the enemy, Satan shows up to tempt Him. Satan attacks Jesus' identity and seeks to divert Him from the Father's mission. How often do we experience similar attacks? Unlike Jesus, we can sometimes forget who we are, and fail to carry out our God-given mission. Let us surrender all to Jesus, and seek His grace and power to stand firm.