Passing the Test

What happens to you when you begin to get so hungry that you can hardly stand it? For most of us, we begin to lose focus on what we’re doing, and the thought of getting some food begins to consume our mind. We may even get a little quick-tempered and become susceptible to making rash decisions. Hunger has a way of messing with our heads and weakening our hearts.

Three of the four biographies about Jesus record a remarkable event that took place immediately after Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River. Jesus was baptized and then led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted and tested by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, Jesus was hungry.

It’s easy for us to overlook the reality that Jesus was not only fully God but was also fully human. After fasting for such an extended period of time, Jesus physically felt no different than we would after such a fast. Jesus was hungry!

It's at this point when Jesus is at his weakest and most vulnerable that the tempter steps in attempting to disqualify Jesus as the Son of God. He seeks to persuade Jesus to use his authority and power as the Son of God to make his life and grueling mission easier for himself.    

This extended time of fasting and prayer had been initiated by the Spirit, and this time of testing was being used by God to strengthen his Son for the mission that was set before him. While God never tempts anyone to do evil, he does use circumstances to test a person’s character. Despite this time of weakness, Jesus successfully aces the test.

And so, Jesus remained obedient as a man and as the representative of mankind. He has successfully defeated the forces of evil for us and has set an example that we can all learn from. Overcome the temptation to seek satisfaction in selfish gain and seek service to God above all. Lets rejoice in the faithfulness of our Representative and lets pray for God's protection from our times of testing and our deliverance from the forces of evil.