Emanna for 10/12/2019
Jesus Withstanding Temptations
Luke 4:1 And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, while being tempted for forty days by the devil. Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led up into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. Words of Ministry
After being baptized in water and anointed with the Spirit of God, Jesus as a Man moved according to the leading of the Spirit. First of all, the Spirit led the anointed Man-Savior to be tempted by the devil. This temptation was a test to prove that He was qualified to be the Man-Savior. In Matthew 6:13 the Lord Jesus taught the disciples to pray, "Do not bring us into temptation." The Lord, however, was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness in order that He might be tempted by the devil. The Lord Jesus was strong, and He could withstand temptation. We, on the contrary, are not able to withstand temptation at all. The Lord Jesus is the only One who can stand the temptation of God's enemy. When He was on earth, He was perfect and strong. Therefore, the Holy Spirit, who is God reaching man, led this perfect Man into temptation in order to defeat God's enemy. ...we are not able to withstand the temptation of the evil one. Therefore we need to pray, "O Father, do not lead me into temptation." No matter how strong we may feel, we actually are weak and cannot stand Satan's temptation. The only One in this universe with the humanity that can withstand the temptation of God's enemy is the Lord Jesus, our Man- Savior.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 76-77. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.