Then The Devil Left Him
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.
Dealing With Temptations
Temptation has always been a struggle for mankind ever since Adam was tempted in the Garden. Scripture is filled with examples of people who have struggled with Satan’s attack of temptation. But there is good news. God has provided a wonderful plan for victory.
Matthew presented the temptations of Jesus to show that the conflict with Satan was real and to prove that temptations can be overcome by the power and authority of the Holy Spirit. If Satan could get Jesus to sin then the entire redemptive plan of God would be destroyed.
Three times Jesus was tempted by Satan. The first temptation was a temptation of the flesh. Satan wanted Jesus to satisfy the flesh and distrust the Father’s ability to provide. Satan’s plan of attack is always with “if” to create doubt in people’s mind.
The second temptation took trust to the next level. Satan says, “Ok, if you really trust God then jump off this cliff and see if He will save you.” Satans temptation was to make Jesus distrust and test God.
The third and final temptation was the big one. Satan tried to get Jesus to bypass all the suffering and just enjoy what was already His. Satan was trying to keep Jesus from dying on the cross.
Jesus was tempted three times and each time Jesus used the Word of God to defeat the devil’s power. The temptation was real but the power of God gave way to victory. We have the same source and power to overcome any temptation we face.
Notice verse 11. “Then the devil left Him.” These are some great words. Aren’t you glad when the devil leaves you alone?
Pray Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”