The Essential 100 Day 55: Matthew 3:13-17 and 4:1-17: The Wilderness

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

This section of scripture is when Jesus is baptized and then lead by the Spirit into the wilderness.  It’s an awesome sign of rebirth when we get baptized.  Jesus was obedient to the Father and so was filled with the Holy Spirit.  It actually says it alighted on Him.  As I read this passage a couple of things came to mind that I would like to share.  First is that the Spirit led Him into the wilderness to be tested.  We all go through a wilderness time when we feel like God is a million miles away.  I do believe this is a test to see how strong our faith is.  It was for Jesus, even though He was God and man at the same time.  There is no telling how long Jesus was in the wilderness.  All it says was He was there and that He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.  He could have been there for years for all we know.  The point is He probably was temped all along, but the temptation was strongest when He was at His weakest.  Which is my second observation.  This is how satan works.  He goes after us when we are tired, hungry and fed up with everything.  When we are at our weakest is when we need to allow the Holy Spirit to lift us up and take the out that God has provided for us.  As Jesus did, so will you be stronger and the devil will flee from you.

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